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Transcript of a broadcast by the Minister of Health, Mr. Malcolm MacDonald
On the 30th May, 1940

 

EVACUATION

Broadcast by the Minister of Health, Mr. Malcolm MacDonald
On the 30th May, 1940

On this occasion war is going to be brought right home to this island. The same indiscriminate, savage air attacks on our industrial cities and towns as have been experienced by our Allies on the Continent must be expected.

The enemy certainly will not desist from that in our case; rather he will endeavour to strike us most hard and most mortally, for here in this island is one of the decisive, the indomitable centres of resistance to his will.

It has been the Government's declared policy that no further organised evacuation should take place until bombing has actually started. Well, that time may be very near. And the Government with the full facts and prospects of the war situation before them feel that the risk of that early bombing is so real that it is right to make as complete as possible now the plans for this evacuation.

It may not be necessary to start evacuation in all the evacuation areas on the same dates. But in the light of the latest position the Government have decided that it may very possibly be necessary to commence the movement in some places in the course of next week.