Stanuell, Charles A. 'Weights and measures after the war'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIII Part XCVI, 1915-1917, pp460-473
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIII Part XCVI 1915-1917
In my judgment the United Kingdom will be successful
in the present awful struggle, but the country will suffer
great injury to many trades and manufactures. We shall
also be liable for enormous debts contracted in carrying out
the greatest and most expensive war which has ever yet
desolated the world.
In fact our resources as regards population, producing power,
and wealth will have been diminished, while at the
same time we shall have incurred fresh and enormous
liabilities. The National Debt will be at least ten times as
great as it was before the war, perhaps twenty times as
much, and the nation will have to bear the strain of raising
the interest upon this enormous debt while our trade and
commerce will have been seriously damaged or impaired by
the general disturbance caused by the war in all commercial
matters. We must contemplate the rebuilding of a half ruined
Empire, and to do this we have not only to restore
our former business, but to develop it still further.
This, in my judgment, can only be done by increasing
our trade, our commerce, our general sources of income as
derived from our own and other countries, and at the same
time removing, so far as we can do so, all possible hindrances
to the spread of our trade with other nations.
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