Good Morning, No 549, The Daily Paper of the Submarine Branch

GOOD MORNING No. 549 g e f a b o u n d Hunting is just nouns' **V COLUMN i Blood-lust N appreciation of the past session of I S iP a r lia m e n t, “ The Tim es’’ says:— " In the progress that has ibeen made with reconstruction plans, the present Parliamentary ¦session has so far been iby no means unim­ pressive. “ The outstanding events have been the dis­ cussion of the Government's employment policy, and a clear mandate was given to the Government to guide the national economy towards full employment and efficiency.; the Education A c t; tine presentation and approval of the main features of the Government scheme for medicail services. . . . “ Acts ihave been passed to provide for the training and re-employment of disabled persons and to reinstate ex-Servicemen in civil employ­ ment. . . . “ Plans for the demobilisation, training and further education and resettlement of men and women in the fighting forces are believed to be well advanced. “ In other important respects, however Government initiative is lagging Car behind the process of events and the needs of the community. ? “ f VNE instance 'is ithe (lapse of 21 months between the ismje of the White Paper, now shortly expected, explaining the Government’s own proposals for Social Security. More serious has been the Govern­ ment’s faltering approach to the rebuilding of Britain’s towns, and the two wider problems of Land Control and the Location of Industry inseparable from it. . . . A ll this is but one aspect of the apparent reluctance of the Gov­ ernment to consider the full administrative implications of the many projects they have in hand. “ The present Parliament has had a real opportunity of being remembered as the Parlia­ ment of Victory, but only if victory includes the fem e Front. “ As emphasis at last begins to shift from >onibs to bungalows, public opinion will -look 'more and more for those main decisions that are vital for the winning of the peace." ? A F the 25,435 doctors who replied to ” the questionnaire on the White Paper suggesting a National Health Service, 13,161—53 per cent.—it is revealed, say that they do not favour the scheme. Of the 39 per cent.—9,521—who do favour it, most are younger men and women who have not “ puit up their plates ” —salaried doctors and those in the Services. Consultants and specialists, the top people in the profession, are strongest in their opposition. FTfty-eight per cent, say “ No,” 36 per cent. “ Yes.” Replies show that general practitioners or family doctors have fears for their future under such a scheme. “ Do you think,” they were asked, “ it will or will not be possible for private practice to continue ? ’’ Fifty-seven per cent, say “ No ’’ ; only 30 per cent. “ Yes.” But the consultants are more optimistic. Forty-two per cent, think they would be able to continue private practice; 34 per cent, say “ No.” ? I)O T H family doctors and consultants are fearful of letting their sons and daughters follow <them in the profession of medicine “ if a National Health Service as con­ templated in the White Paper is introduced.'’ Sixty per cent, of the family doctors against 25 per cent., and 65 per cent, against 29 per cent, of the consultants, would not regard medi­ cine as an attractive job for their children. But the salaried doctors think it would—52 per cent, against 31. The doctors were asked how much they thought they should be paid, at the age of 40. if the White Paper scheme were introduced. They replied, on average: Consultants. £2.520 a year; family doctors, £1,620; and. for young doctors, £520. ? y ICTOR SILVESTER. “ c-o-r-r-e-c-t ’ tempo ” orchestra leader, got out of tune, and for “ using the services of United States Forces in a deliberate smuggling ven­ ture,” was fined a total of £600 and fifty guineas Costs at Marvlebone (London) Police Court recently, for Customs and imports offences in respect of silk stockings, perfume and wrist- watches. In an alleged statement, Silvester said thal an American friend, a flyer, offered to get the goods and send them to him when he got back to England. “ I paid for the first parcel,” said the alleged statement, “ and added to the purchase price not only the 25 per cent, which he was to receive, but also some monies which I owed a party at the Embassy. The total was £106.” SAYS THE BRAINS TRUST 'PHIE Brains Trust, consisting of a Professor of Zoology, a scientific Farmer, the Master of a celebrated Hunt, and a Philosopher, discuss:— Is there a real defence of hunting wild animals for sport ? Shouldn t fox-hunting, stag-hunting and grouse-shooting be abol* ished in civilised countries ? Professor: ‘ ‘ It is not for me to pronounce on the ethics of the question, but the hunt is an absurdly wasteful method of getting rid cf * < Xy- mm i . ¦ II Could you teach me some nautical terms, Adm iral ? ’ vermin. Also, many, if not most, of the creatures hunted or shot for sport are not vermin at all. “ In the old days, any crea­ ture which was seen to eat crops was regarded as an enemy, but to-day we know that most of them do good work as well as bad, and that the good generally out­ weighs the bad. “ For example, farmers and gamekeepers used to persecute (the jay and the magpie, be­ cause they are notorious egg- stealers. But it is now known that they more than repay their theft of eggs by destroy­ ing enormous numbers of in­ sects. slugs, snails, mice and rats, and the jays and magpies are now on the official list of birds beneficial to agriculture.” M aster: “ The trouble with j5ys and magpies 'is that they steal pheasants’ eggs and part­ ridges’ eggs, and pheasants and partridges make good food.’’ Farm er: “ I don't believe ¦that the jays make all that dif­ ference to the pheasant popu­ lation. If they did. it would be a pity, but not because pheas­ ants make good food, but be­ cause they and the partridges are two of the best friends of the farmer. “ Why, as many as 1,200 wire-worms have been found i_ n the crop of a single pheas­ an t • • I found 440 leatherjackets in one of m ine; and others have reported mice, rats, and even adders.” Philosopher: “The defenders of hunting and shootiing for sport are on very dangerous ground when they say they are providing us with food. “ Only a very small per­ centage of the population eat pheasant or partridge, and quite obviously that is only an excuse. ‘ • Consider the number of birds killed at each shoot. It is far, far greater than the shooting party could possibly eat. It is true that they give most of them away, but if that were the motive you should find them equally willing to rear cattle to give rounds of beef away. It would cost them less.*' M aste r: “ The truth of the matter is that while some birds and animals are harmless, or even beneficial, when their numbers are kept down, they rapidly become pests if they are allowed to multiply too quickly. This is the case with rooks. They are listed among the beneficial birds, provided they are not allowed to become too numerous. “ It is necessary to thin them down fey shooting them from time to time. “ If parties of well-to-do people are willing not only to do the thinning-down for noth­ ing. but actually to pay the farmer for being allowed to do it, it is hard to see why they should not do so.” Professor: “ Thinning rooks is a mJnor issue. Thinning pheasants and partridges is quite different. I am not satis­ fied with the good faith of any sporting party who professes to shoot the birds because they want thinning. “ The reason, of course, is because these benevolent sportsmen actually protect the birds in order to shoot them. “ If it was the thinning they were concerned with, they wouldn’t be so hot on prose­ cuting poachers.” Farm er: “ As far as thinning goes, traps and poison-baats will do wonders if used scien- tincaiiy. Wot against oiras so much, but as far as rats and foxes are concerned. The truth is, these sporting gentlemen like hunting wild creatures to death. I'm a progressive man myself, and to my way of thinking it's disgraceful and barbarous. Any civilised coun­ try ought to be ashamed of such members of its society.’* M aster: “ With all your con­ cern for the wild animals, you really haven't considered thb point of view of the fox him­ self. To kill foxes scientifi­ cally might be quick and efficient, but by hunting them we do at least give them a chance. They often escape. Moreover, it is their nature to hunt and be hunted. “ If you could ask them which they would prefer, to be pois­ oned or to be hunted, they would say hunted every time. Personally, I think they enjoy it.” Professor: “ That’s nonsense; but if it were true, the hunt would surely not be sport in the finer sense of the word ? A pack of hounds to one fox is not most people’s idea of fair play. •Stag-hunting is, of course, Just unmitigated cruelty and blood-lust. Stags are often first caught alive to have their antlers sawn off. so that they cannot injure the val­ uable hounds. Philosopher: “ I suppose if st>ortsmen were real sports they would go out against a stag in his native country with no other weapon than a knife, or something equivalent to the stags antlers. They would never catch a stag. BEELZEBUB JONES DOGGONE IT) SHERIFF, THEM GUYS AINT GOT A DEMOCRATIC BONE IN THEIR BODIES/ I A D.7. YA DON'T EXPECT THEM ^ TO BE - THEY'RE THE BUSINESS MEN AND LANDOWNERS- WE GOTTA LIBERATE THEIR PEONS' I m w : vV: JEST WHO ARE WE GONNA GIT TO BE PERSIDENT, OF THIS DO G G O NE COUNTRY ? Lv. • • .¦ ?, ¦ ^vr!\’v .Y&V ... >y BELINDA '- S O S y o u c a n c o o u r AMONG THE “WOLVES* FOR MR STRAIGHT!-I'M NOT FIT I TO REFORM THEM - 1 ALREADY 5LAPPED BULLDOZER’ S FACE AND I'M LIABLE TO LOSE MY TEMPER AG AIN! 7 HUH . ‘-M AYBE SHE'5 RIGHT! ^ 8-BUT THIS REFORMING Bt/S'NESS DO ESN 'T SEEM QUITE SUCH A CINCH TO M E. EITHER-NOW I'M NOT WITH THE PARSO N.,. POPEYE WELL AT LEAST VOU CAN STOP AT AW LOCKER FOR A C U P O F TEA ?
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