The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55
North and South
North and South.
I abhor the disposition shown in some quarters toset off the two islands against each other. You are members of the same firm, of the same family, and it is utterly impossible you should not share each in the prosperity of the other. (Cheers.) I say that united together you are strong to effect what you want. If you are to waste your strength in quarrelling, you have a balance left which is of a very small amount. I will illustrate it by a very familiar example, the well-known game, the tug of war. You place twelve strong men on each in opposition to the other. They may pull, and have great difficulty in polling the other over, but put a boy of twelve years on the one side and he will carry the day. Therefore, the result is in the strength of that boy. Unite the strength of these twenty-four men, and what do you get? Unite the strength of the island, and you have the joint power, not the difference between their respective strengths. You want to work together, and I am quite sure, knowing as I do both islands, you can never be thoroughly prosperous until yon realise that the prosperity of one island is the interest of the other. There should be no jealousy, and in any case a desire to assist each other. (Cheers.)