The newly formed Labour Representation Committee gave little attention to the issues of the South African War. The conflicting reactions to the war in South Africa, both from pragmatic and ideological positions, clearly the major Labour voice on the conflict, from taking its stand. Germany and Russia increasingly became the focus of Labour's assessment of the Liberal government's foreign policy. The timing of the Daily Mail articles meant that they would be used by every Tory paper against every Labour candidate in the general election already scheduled for early 1910. H. N. Brailsford's affiliation was later replicated, during and immediately after the Great War, by a number of gifted Liberals who placed their own unmistakable stamp on the shaping of Labour's interwar foreign policy. The weak political position of Labour needs to be taken into consideration when assessing the limitations of its approach to foreign policy.