Henry Walpoles 1938 New Years Speech

Speech delivered New Years Day from the steps of St Georges hall to assembled Free Liverpool Forces and broadcast on Radio Free Liverpool

It is some months now since through the selfishness of a rapacious Monarch and the guile of a foreign inspired tyranny our great City, was forced to separate itself from a Kingdom which had fallen into disunity. Though the forces ranged against us are many and the threat of invasion is ever present we have made good cause in protecting freedom’s flame.

Since then defending of our liberty has fallen on many. Anglican and Socialist, soldier and sailor, Wacker and Woollyback, Jew and Gentile have joined together to give their blood, sweat and tears – nay even their lives in defence of our Liverpool home. From across the Seas and from our own shameful slums all shades of humanity has answered freedom’s call from Iberia to Siberia, Ireland to India, Jamaica to Canada whatever the cost maybe.

And what of our allies – from the wallets of American benefactors to the workshops of the Soviet Union our forces shall not lack for equipment. Elsewhere in this green and once pleasant land the forces of progress stand shoulder to shoulder with us, if not in body then in spirit. From the Regiments of the Scottish Republic to the Copplestone Cossacks, the Somerset Freedom Fighters to East End Émigrés, the forces of York to those of Canterbury, the nationalists and socialist of Wales all stand to the same firing step are our own dear city in order to repel the foreign germ spread by cads in dirty shirts.

Turning once again to the question of invasion, many are the tales that are told. We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of malice, the ingenuity of aggression, which our enemy displays, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous maneuver. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if it can be locally exercised.

I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Liverpool home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of The City Council — every man of them. That is the will of our allied towns and the Trade Unions linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though large tracts of England and many old and famous counties have fallen or may fall into the grip of the BUF and all the odious apparatus of Mosley rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Lancashire and Cheshire, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, and we shall defend our Merseyside, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight in our avenues and alleyways, we shall fight on our parks and playing fields, we shall fight in our homes and our mills, we shall fight in our docks; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this City or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then the believers in freedom beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, new world powers, with all their power and might, step forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

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