After the High Commissioners Meeting I spoke to Attlee and told
him I knew there had been a meeting of the Cabinet that morning to
consider the Egyptian situation , that I could think of no
matter which more directly concerned us, but I was sick of
hammering at him to implement the understanding we had reached
last August  and I was not bothering my head about the matter.
To this outburst Attlee really made no reply and in fact had no
opportunity to do so because I merely flung it at him and walked
out of the room.
On Friday morning the 7th May I received a notice for a Cabinet
Meeting at 1 o'clock to consider Egyptian position. I decided,
however, that I would not go to the meeting and sent a notice to
Attlee to that effect. It was quite obvious that the invitation
was due to my outburst on the Wednesday, but I came to the
conclusion I could not tolerate getting asked to meetings during
the Prime Minister's absence because I had intimidated Attlee and
then the practice ceasing as soon as the Prime Minister returned.
This appeared to me too undignified and I explained this to Attlee
in the afternoon.
It is indicative of what an extraordinarily little man he is that
he offered no comment whatever, but merely accepted the position.