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63 Pollitt, who had been actively involved in the dockside agitation, confessed himself 'greatly disappointed' by an earlier failure to secure a stoppage of work on two Belgian barges which were being converted for the transport of munitions to Poland. On I May, moreover, the Danish steamer, 'Neptune', had been allowed to leave the East India Dock upon a similar mission, despite the efforts of Pollitt and his associates. ~ The affair of the 'Jolly George' was reviewed a few days later at the triennial conference of the Dockers' Union.
Although it would be 'years and years' before these pre-war levels would be attained, the government was 'anxious to see Russia producing again'. Exports to Russia, moreover, had been substantial before the war, and Russian purchases of machinery had been exceeded only by those from India. 81 These arguments were reinforced by the news that the negotiations which the Russian trade delegation had been conducting with the engineering firm of Armstrong Whitworth and Company had resulted in the conclusion of a preliminary agreement, providing for the repair of three hundred Soviet locomotives over a period of five years.
S<> A. A. Watts, in an 'Appeal to the Working Class' in the Call on 19 June, admitted that 'to the average man, Russia is a long way off'. ' A 'Manifesto to British Labour' appeared in the paper the following week, calling upon British workers to 'retrieve the already tarnished reputation of our movement'. The 'frightful murder of a nation', charged the Worker on 25 October, was being engineered by the government and 'acquiesced in by the British working class'. The Parliamentary Committee of the TUC, in the event, decided not to act upon the Labour Party conference resolution, and a meeting of the Triple Alliance on 23 July 1919 decided that action should be taken on their own initiative.
Britain and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Study in the Politics of Diplomacy, 1920–1924 by Stephen White