Anglo-American Relations prior to the London Naval Conference, 1929
In the opening months of 1929 MacDonald, then Leader of His Majesty’s Opposition in what was certain to be a General Election year, felt obliged to draw attention to the strained state of Anglo-American relations.1 No doubt the Labour leader hoped that the question might become an election issue and help to catapult him into power; but he was also in all probability genuinely anxious to see an improvement in Anglo-American relations quite apart from any electoral considerations. In those days it was fashionable for British Left-wingers to feel strong affection for the United States; for not only had Woodrow Wilson stood very close to the Union of Democratic Control point of view in the First World War and to some extent in the peacemaking that followed, but the United States had also retained sufficient of its pioneering mystique to cast a spell over progressive elements in Great Britain.2 It is therefore readily understandable that MacDonald should have seen it as his mission in 1929 to bring about a diplomatic détente with Washington on his return to Downing Street.
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