Source D a Right Book Club viewpoint published in 1938

Once he is stirred, the Spaniard is a crusader, but he does not readily understand a crusade against an enemy so amorphous as apathy. Though Primo de Rivera failed to get the Spaniard to appreciate collective civil responsibilities, so that it became increasingly difficult to lay aside his powers . . . his dictatorship did much good work in other directions . . . One of its great works was an attempt to assist labour towards a wise development, and Primo de Rivera instituted what were known as Comites Paritarios, composed of representatives of employers and employees . . . Largo Caballero, later seduced to the cause of the extremists, did great work in those years . . .

It is amusing to read in reputedly well-informed British periodicals that the Republic and its politicians had bestowed the inestimable boon of electric light upon the poor country villagers. The writers probably believe this, and are unaware that the credit for the initiative in most of the great hydro-electric schemes was due to the Dictatorship, whose schemes would have absorbed something like the total estimated national wealth . . . The Ministers of the Dictatorship were over-optimistic in their finance. That, perhaps, was the most important reason for the fall of the Dictator; for the over-expenditure resulted in conditions which gave the agitators their opportunity to pull down first the Dictatorship itself, and secondly the Monarchy . . . It was a strange, patriarchal sort of Dictatorship, one of the most moderate, when one considers the difficulties of governing this fierce nation.

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