Stafford Cripps

British politician
I do not believe it would be a bad thing for the British working class if Germany defeated us.

Sir Richard Stafford Cripps (24 April 188921 April 1952) was a British Labour politician.


  • But it is a fallacy, if one is examining the methods by which security can be attained, to start upon the assumption, as so many hon. Members do, that we get security by an increase of air armaments or an increase of any other form of armaments.
    • Hansard, House of Commons, 5th Series, vol. 292, col. 2425.
    • Speech in the House of Commons opposing the National Government's decision to expand the Royal Air Force, 30 July, 1934.
  • It is fundamental to Socialism that we should liquidate the British Empire as soon as we can.
    • Hull Daily Mail, 2 March, 1936.
  • Every possible effort should be made to stop recruiting for the Armed Forces. This may, and probably would, lead to some form of conscription being proposed or introduced. Thus would be provided a most favourable political platform upon which to fight the National Government.
    • Forward, 3 October, 1936.
    • Talus, Your Alternative Government (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1945), p. 36.
  • I do not believe it would be a bad thing for the British working class if Germany defeated us.
    • Speech at Stockport (14 November 1936).
    • Manchester Guardian (15 November 1936).
  • Money cannot make armaments. Armaments can only be made by the skill of the British working class, and it is the British working class who would be called upon to use them. To-day you have the most glorious opportunity that the workers have ever had if you will only use the necessity of capitalism in order to get power yourselves. The capitalists are in your hands. Refuse to make munitions, refuse to make armaments, and they are helpless. They would have to hand the control of the country over to you.
    • Speech at Eastleigh, Hampshire (14 March 1937).
    • The Times (15 March 1937), p. 21.
  • The workers must now make it clear beyond all doubt that they will not support the Government or its armaments in its mad policy which it is now pursuing.
    • Speech on 23 May, 1938.
    • Talus, Your Alternative Government (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1945), p. 45.
  • Emphatically no, and I never have been.
    • Peter Howard, "Men on Trial" (Blandford Press, 1945), p. 69
    • Asked by Peter Howard whether he favoured the use of any measure of force to establish Socialism.

Quotes about CrippsEdit

  • There, but for the grace of God, goes God.
    • Winston Churchill.
  • Cripps, a man without roots, a demagogue and a liar, would pursue his sick fancies although the Empire were to crack at every corner. Moreover, this theoretician devoid of humanity lacks contact with the mass that's grouped behind the Labour Party, and he'll never succeed in understanding the problems that occupy the minds of the lower classes.

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