They have disabled the French battleship Richelieu, which was in Dakar harbour. But no move to seize any of the French West African ports, which no doubt are not strongly held….. According to Vernon Bartlett, the Germans are going to make a peace offer along the lines I foresaw earlier, i.e. England to keep out of Europe but retain the Empire, and the Churchill government to go out and be replaced by one acceptable to Hitler. The presumption is that a faction anxious to agree to this exists in England, and no doubt a shadow cabinet has been formed. It seems almost incredible that anyone should imagine that the mass of the people would tolerate such an arrangement, unless they had been fought to a standstill first….. The Duke of Windsor has been shipped off as Governor of the Bahamas, virtually a sentence of exile…… The book Gollancz has brought out, Guilty Men, the usual “indictment” of the Munich crowd, is selling like hot cakes. According to Time, the American Communists are working hand in glove with the local Nazis to prevent American arms getting to England. One can’t be sure how much local freedom of action the various Communists have. Till very recently it appeared that they had none. Of late however they have sometimes pursued contradictory policies in different countries. It is possible that they are allowed to abandon the “line” when strict clinging to it would mean extinction.
 On 8 July 1940, Royal Navy torpedo-boats attacked and seriously damaged the Richelieu at Dakar and the Jean Bart at Casablanca.
 Vernon Bartlett (1894-1983), author of many books on political affairs, was at this time a leading liberal political journalist. He worked for the News Chronicle (which tended to favour the Liberal Party’s approach) and reported on world crises, especially those associated with Hitler, Mussolini, and Far East.
 Edward, Duke of Windsor (1894-1972), had, as Prince of Wales, been extremely popular, and had expressed sympathy with the unemployed and those living in depressed areas. He ascended the throne, as Edward VIII, on 20 January 1936, but his decision to marry a twice-divorced woman, Mrs. Wallis Simpson, caused a crisis that led to his abdication on 10 December 1936. He and Mrs. Simpson married and lived in France thereafter except the war years, when he acted as governor of the Bahamas. Ill-feeling and controversy about the ‘Abdication Crisis’ has not entirely evaporated. Peter Davison