PROLOGUE 1. “Calmness and Tranquillity”
MacDonald himself might seem to constitute an obstacle to acceptance of the implied view that the change of Government here was responsible for any such deterioration. At first sight, it would appear difficult to believe that he was suddenly transformed from an ardent supporter into a “saboteur” of the League of Nations. But no difficulty of that kind seems ever to have perturbed MacDonald’s critics. To many of them, it is true, a man who could separate himself from his party, even at the call of what he conceived to be his duty, or change his party label (unless, of course, to the right party) was clearly capable of any villainy. Others, however, came to accept another solution of the problem. MacDonald could never have been what everybody had thought him to be; and the credit for the Labour Government’s foreign policy must go, therefore, exclusively to the Foreign
Secretary, Henderson, MacDonald’s successor in the leadership of the Labour Party.