I therefore declare that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace.
I came here as a practical man to talk not simply on the question of peace and war but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance - the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace.
In Holland they have come to precisely the same conclusion. There they have adopted a system of secular education because they have found it impracticable to unite the religious bodies in any system of combined religious instruction.
I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education have always been associated with the idea of coupling the education of this country with the religious communities which exist.