On the eve of World War II, Sir Stafford Cripps was a successful barrister and Labour backbencher who fell out with his party for advocating a broad united front against Nazi Germany. Most of them have had association with White Russians and the whole tradition and bias of the FO [Foreign Office] and Diplomatic service is violently and unreasoningly anti-Russian (pp. 63-64). The prime minister made a speech on the BBC welcoming the Soviet Union into the war (even as he growled privately that the Russians were "barbarians," p. 115) but he was leery of giving them direct military support, or even publicly calling them allies.
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