The UK Bible Students Website
‛The Industrial Supremacy of Great Britain has been long an axiomatic commonplace; and it is fast turning into a myth, as inappropriate to fact as the Chinese Emperorís computation of his own status.
There are spasmodic outcries against foreign competition, but the impression they leave is fleeting and vague. . . . German manufacturers, notably those in which artistic finish is needed, are undeniably superior to those produced by British houses.
Because England is a Free-Trade country and Germany is not, therefore, says the fanatical Free-Trader, Englandís trade must of necessity advance while her rival stands still; and to prove his case, facts straightway are either to be perverted or to be denied.
This is poor patriotism. It is poor service, too, to Free Trade; there is no cause so good that it cannot be weakened by suppressions of the truth. The Free-Trader must not shrink from looking the facts of foreign competition squarely in the face; and if he search for their origin he will find other causes beside a protective tariff.í