Review of the world situation

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Review of the world situation

At the Cabinet meeting in April 1945 the PM welcomed representatives of the Dominions to the meeting during which they reviewed the world situation.  The PM and Jan Smuts, the South African Prime Minister, made some interesting comments on how they saw the world at the time:

P.M.

R. relations have deteriorated since Yalta…Hope we shall get through:
  but only by unity.  New balance (or lack of balance) of power in
  Europe.
  These are the dominating world facts.  How can we match them?
  Only by our superior statecraft & experience & above all by our Unity…
Smuts. …World needs our maturity & experience.  Danger of power suddenly
  acquired w'out experience & mature responsibility - exemplified
  by Germany & Japan.  Hope won't be true of U.S. & Russia.
  We have renounced Imperialism.  But what of the economic
  imperialism of U.S.A. & the ideological imperialism of U.S.S.R.
  Eire is a warning tht. we may easily break up, as did Roman Empire.

W.M.(45)39th Meeting held on 3 April 1945.

At the meeting of the caretaker Cabinet in June 1945 the PM gave his views of de Gaulle and the Russian advance into the heart of central Europe. The latter is almost a forerunner of his Iron Curtain speech:

P.M.

But no hope of trustworthy relations with France until we are rid of 
de Gaulle.
This advance of R. into heart of central Europe will be one
  of most terrible events in history.  Don't believe they will
  willingly go back at least in this generation.  10 European
  capitals fall into R. hands.

W.M.(45)7th Meeting held on 11 June 1945.