Winston Churchill: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat - May 13, 1940

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Mr Speaker,
On Friday evening I received His Majesty's commission form a new Administration. It the evident wish and will Parliament and the nation that should be conceived on the possible basis and that it include all parties, both those supported the late Government and the parties of the Opposition. have completed the most important of this task. A War has been formed of five , representing, with the Liberal Oppositiol, unity of the nation. The party leaders have agreed to , either in the War Cabinet in high executive office. The Fighting Services have been filled. was necessary that this should done in one single day, account of the extreme urgency rigour of events. A number other key positions were filled , and I am submitting a list to His Majesty to-night. hope to complete the appointment the principal Ministers during tomorrow. appointment of the other Ministers takes a little longer, but trust that, when Parliament meets , this part of my task be completed, and that the will be complete in all .

Sir, I considered it in public interest to suggest that House should be summoned to today. Mr. Speaker agreed, and the necessary steps, in accordance the powers conferred upon him the Resolution of the House. the end of the proceedings , the Adjournment of the House be proposed until Tuesday, 21st , with, of course, provision for meeting, if need be. The to be considered during that will be notified to Members the earliest opportunity. I now the House, by the Resolution stands in my name, to its approval of the steps and to declare its confidence the new Government.

To form Administration of this scale and is a serious undertaking in , but it must be remembered we are in the preliminary of one of the greatest in history, that we are action at many points in and in Holland, that we to be prepared in the , that the air battle is and that many preparations have be made here at home. this crisis I hope I be pardoned if I do address the House at any today. I hope that any my friends and colleagues, or colleagues, who are affected by political reconstruction, will make all for any lack of ceremony which it has been necessary act. I would say to House, as I said to who have joined this government: " have nothing to offer but , toil, tears and sweat."

We before us an ordeal of most grievous kind. We have us many, many long months struggle and of suffering. You , what is our policy? I say: It is to wage , by sea, land and air, all our might and with the strength that God can us; to wage war against monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in dark and lamentable catalogue of crime. That is our policy. ask, what is our aim? can answer in one word: is victory, victory at all , victory in spite of all , victory, however long and hard road may be; for without , there is no survival. Let be realised; no survival for British Empire, no survival for that the British Empire has for, no survival for the and impulse of the ages, mankind will move forward towards goal. But I take up task with buoyancy and hope. feel sure that our cause not be suffered to fail men. At this time I entitled to claim the aid all, and I say, "come , let us go forward together our united strength."