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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 12 (April 1, 1930)

Cabinet's New Allegiance

Cabinet's New Allegiance.

Though political matters do not come within the province of this monthly column, it is necessary to notice that, following on the Cabinet crises in France, there has been a change of Government lately in Germany. At time of writing there is no reason to believe that Government policy will be altered in Germany, any more than it was in France, by Ministerial reshuffling. But the method of applying that policy may be materially altered. Overt evidence of change is the new wording of the oath with which President Hindenburg installed the members of the Bruening Cabinet. Last time he swore in a Cabinet, the President of the Republic required loyalty to the constitution and laws. This time the Ministers pledged devotion to “the welfare of the German people, the constitution, the laws,” etc. Cablegrams reporting this change suggest that the insertion of “welfare of the German people” before the consitution means that the Government, basing its case on the popular welfare, is prepared, if necessary, to act on the people's orders (or what it assumes to be their orders) rather than on the orders of a Reichstag so split into groups as to be incapable of forming a stable Government. The cabled suggestion implies that continuity of the Streseman European policy will thus be assured—if necessary, by a dictatorship. A Hindenburg dictatorship, to preserve the Young Plan, might please Europe. But would Europe be pleased if someone whispered that a Hindenburg dictatorship might assume a Hohenzollern complexion?

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