Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat

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资源名称:Blood,Toil, Sweat and Tears
资源关键字: Victory
资源作者:Sir Winston Churchill
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
FirstSpeech as Prime Minister
May13, 1940
toHouse of Commons
On May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill becamePrime Minister. When he met his Cabinet on May 13 he told them that "Ihave nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He repeated thatphrase later in the day when he asked the House of Commons for a vote ofconfidence in his new all-party government. The response of Labor washeart-warming; the Conservative reaction was lukewarm. They still really wantedNeville Chamberlain. For the first time, the people had hope but Churchillcommented to General Ismay: "Poor people, poor people. They trust me, andI can give them nothing but disaster for quite a long time."
I beg tomove,
That thisHouse welcomes the formation of a Government representing the united andinflexible resolve of the nation to prosecute the war with Germany to avictorious conclusion.
On Fridayevening last I received His Majesty's commission to form a new Administration.It as the evident wish and will of Parliament and the nation that this shouldbe conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include allparties, both those who supported the late Government and also the parties ofthe Opposition. I have completed the most important part of this task. A WarCabinet has been formed of five Members, representing, with the OppositionLiberals, the unity of the nation. The three party Leaders have agreed toserve, either in the War Cabinet or in high executive office. The threeFighting Services have been filled. It was necessary that this should be donein one single day, on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events. Anumber of other positions, key positions, were filled yesterday, and I amsubmitting a further list to His Majesty to-night. I hope to complete theappointment of the principal Ministers during to-morrow. The appointment of theother Ministers usually takes a little longer, but I trust that, whenParliament meets again, this part of my task will be completed, and that theadministration will be complete in all respects.
Iconsidered it in the public interest to suggest that the House should besummoned to meet today. Mr. Speaker agreed, and took the necessary steps, inaccordance with the powers conferred upon him by the Resolution of the House.At the end of the proceedings today, the Adjournment of the House will beproposed until Tuesday, 21st May, with, of course, provision for earliermeeting, if need be. The business to be considered during that week will benotified to Members at the earliest opportunity. I now invite the House, by theMotion which stands in my name, to record its approval of the steps taken andto declare its confidence in the new Government.
To forman Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking initself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of oneof the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many other pointsin Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean,that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations, such as have beenindicated by my hon. Friend below the Gangway, have to be made here at home. Inthis crisis I hope I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at anylength today. I hope that any of my friends and colleagues, or formercolleagues, who are affected by the political reconstruction, will makeallowance, all allowance, for any lack of ceremony with which it has beennecessary to act. I say to the House, as I said to those who have joined thisgovernment, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
We havebefore us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, manylong months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I cansay: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with allthe strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny,never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is ourpolicy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory,victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long andhard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that berealized; no survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge,the impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal. Itake up my task with buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not besuffered to fail among men. I feel entitled at this juncture, at this time, toclaim the aid of all, and to say, "Come then, let us go forward togetherwith our united strength."

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