David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George, född den 17 januari 1863 i Manchester, England, avliden den 26 mars 1945 i Llanystumdwy, Wales. Walesisk politiker och brittisk premiärminister från 1916 till 1922. Handelsminister 1905-1908, finansminister 1908-1915. Från den 25 maj 1915 till den 9 juli 1916 minister för krigsmateriel, en ministerpost som vid första världskrigets slutskede innehades av Winston Churchill. Inför British House of Commons bad Georgo Tyskland om ursäkt för att ha hjälpt till med att sprida krigspropaganda, bland annat att tyska soldater spetsade belgiska barn på bajonetter samt att kvinnor och barn spikades upp på dörrar.
Hårt angrepp på internationella banker
George har gjort sig känd för att ha gått till hårt angrepp på vad han menade var "internationella bankirer". Bakgrunden var genomförandet av Dawesplanen som George ska ha kommenterat: "“The International Bankers dictated the Dawes reparation settlement. The Protocol which was signed “between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany is the triumph of the International financier. “Agreement would never have been reached without the brusque and brutal intervention of the International Bankers. They swept statesmen, politicians and journalists to one side and issued their orders with the infuriousness of absolute monarchs who knew that there was no appeal from their ruthless decrees. “The settlement is the joint Ukase of King Dollar and King Sterling. Dawes’ report was theirs. They inspired and fashioned it. The Dawes report was fashioned by the Money Kings. The orders of German financiers to their politicians were just as peremptory as those of the allied bankers to their political representatives.”"
Möte med Adolf Hitler
George besökte Tyskland i september 1936 och träffade Adolf Hitler. Media rapporterade att George var imponerad över vad Tyskland åstadkommit, inte minst ekonomiskt: "I have now seen the famous German Leader and also something of the great change he has effected. Whatever one may think of his methods—and they are certainly not those of a parliamentary country—there can be no doubt that he has achieved a marvellous transformation in the spirit of the people, in their attitude towards each other, and in their social and economic outlook. [...] There is for the first time since the war a general sense of security. The people are more cheerful. There is a greater sense of general gaiety of spirit throughout the land. It is a happier Germany. I saw it everywhere and Englishmen I met during my trip and who knew Germany well were very impressed with the change. One man has accomplished this miracle. He is a born leader of men. A magnetic, dynamic personality with a single-minded purpose, a resolute will and a dauntless heart. [...] He is the George Washington of Germany. [...] I found everywhere a fierce and uncompromising hostility to Russian Bolshevism, coupled with a genuine admiration for the British people with a profound desire for a better and friendlier understanding with them. The Germans have definitely made up their minds never to quarrel with us again. [...]"
|“||I have never seen a happier people than the Germans, and Hitler is one of the greatest of the many great men I have met.||”|