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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI ICTHBRIDGE HWAID Augutt 1973 EDITORIALS Devising a cutting political instrument Britons unhappy with ECM The euphoria that accompanied Bri- tain's sentry into the European Com- mon Market last January didn't last long. According to a number of prom- inent British each pass- ing day adds and seems to justify the bitter protests of those who opposed the Common Market idea right from the begin- ning. The Spectator is one paper that never liked the European and now it urges withdrawal before Britain's economy suffers further. Under a banner headline ate the it recently denounced continental control over British af- fairs as follows- government managed to get its wretched little European Commu- n ties Bill under -which this mon- strous regimen of bureaucratic Brus- selsdom was statutonly but uncon- stitutionally allowed to assume sov- ereignty over us through Pailia- ment by arguing that the fears ex- pressed by anti-Market MPs were and that in practical terms Britain's entry into Europe would increase rather than decrease British control over Britain's future. We were according to this glib and ignorant so much los- ing sovereignty as gaining power. the disproofs of this daft hy- pothesis As to the' agreement the Spectator has this to is as the Labor leaderhip still seeks tc a question of renegotiation It is a matter of re- and the first party which appeals to the on a clear policy of repudiating the Treaty of Rome will be rewarded with office by a public whose voice will have at length been heard and The rather staid Financial Times is somewhat less choleric about the but nevertheless gloomy about Britain's future ECM relations. Es- pecially is the Times concerned about the ever-mounting cost of member- as revealed in the latest Market supplementary budget. The Tribune does its best to take a positive but nonetheless the more obvious it becomes that the terms which the Conserva- tive goveinment negotiated for entry are almost totally economically suici- the more sensible and politically attractive becomes Labor's demand for a withdrawal from the Common Market unless far-reaching and major changes are made in those terms.'1 Even the Daily always considered a Conservative-leaning has this to say with respect to recent costs of membership in what do we get for this and the scores of millions already paid The right to subsidize high-cost continental butter which is then sold off cheaply to Russia and other non-Market states. Under Community rules we deliberately price food high- er than it need be by means of and then use the proceeds of Hie levies to make life comfortable for backward continental farmers and Soviet Catering to campers While plans are being made to con- vert the river valley junk yard on the western approach to Lethbridge into a some discouraging words about campers have been uttered by B.C. Highway Minister Graham Lea. He said that U.S. campers should be banned from his province because it costs a lot of money to provide them with services and they don't contribute anything while in the country. It comes as a bit of a jolt to be confronted with the idea that tourists of a certain sort are not necessarily desirable. Tourism has become iden- tified as something to be not only welcomed but encouraged because of the economic benefits accruing to a community thereby. No distinction's between types of tourists had hither- to been made not in public at least. Although campers do not patronize hotels and and perhaps fail to give restaurants much these are surely not the only places tourists spend money. They require services and recreation. Yet it is possible that this kind of investment does not equal the cost of providing and maintaining camping facilities. That is something few have considered. Whatever the facts may be econo- there is little doubt that most people would welcome the transformation of the river valley junk yard into a campsite. And to restrict its use only to Canadians would be repugnant. Neighborliness still counts for more than ringing up the cash register. t Restoring the presidency WASHINGTON One thing that every- one In this countty seems to agree on is that we must restore faith in the execu- tive branch cf the government. Although President Nixon has appointed new peo- ple to the White most of them are old faces that just have been moved around from one post to another. What the nation needs desperately is someone in the White House who has the complete and unequivocal backing of all the Americar people someone who has never been touched by scandal of any whose credibility is unquestioned and who is a symbol of everything Americans be'ieve their leaders should be. The only one on the American scene to do this is the triple-crown win- ner of the Kentucky the Preak- oess and the Belmont Stakes. If President Nixon would appoint Sec- retariat to an important position in the White he would be going a long way toward his promise of cleaning house and restoring the image of the presidency. Mr. Nixon would be saying to the Am- erican want new faces in the White House. I'm giving ycu a win- Now before you scoff at my suggestion I would like to point out there is a pre- cedent for such an appointment. The Roman Emperor Caligula appointed his own horse as a proconsul to Rome. It's true Caligula did this to show his contempt for the but I don't think any self- respecting person believes that Mr. Nixon would appoint Secretariat for the same reason. As a special assistant to the Secretariat could accompany the president to Camp David and San Clemente. Mr. Nixon could confide in him without feat that his conversation would be leaked to the jn-ess. And when the president gets tired and weary from all the attain of he could ride Secretariat around the White House lawn. The three-year-old stallion could also ful- fil other functions in the White House. When Press Secretary Ron or his assistant Gerald receive a particu- larly tough question they could check that out with Secretariat and get back to you Or if Secretariat c-an't answer they can always reply a horse of p. different Secretariat could show up for political fund-raising dinners and at congressional hearings. He could get involved in the en- ergy crisis and go to Paris with Henry Kissinger. But his most important function would be that when the president's enemies call for his resignation or Sec- retariat could warn the country that you don't change burses in midstream. As President Nixon has said many times he would go to any lengths to clear up Secretariat could supply him with 31 lengths to start with. I have given reasons why President Nixon would want Secretariat in his Cabi- net. But why would Secretariat take job at this The answer is that Secretariat is being retired from racing this year and there- fore would have no conflict of interests. America has been good to Secretariat and he would like to pay it back with soma public service. At three years he feels he still has a lot to give to this country. When I suggested my idea to friends in the White House press they were quite skeptical that Secretariat could re- store faith in the presidency. One had horses in the White House be- I said. this one has By Bruce Herald special commentator The recent convention of the New Democratic Party in Van- couver would have amazed the late J. S. Perhaps it would have saddened too. That great and saintly who gave Canadian socialism its first political had no hope of winning national office for himself or his infant Co-op- erative Commonwealth Feder- ation He would have failed as prime minister in any case be- cause he was not made for the grimy business of government. But as a critic of the existing social a prophet of things to come and' an in- spiration to his lie was a magnificent success. The modem NDP has very different aims. As its con- vention it is attempting to make itself a truly national party and for that purpose must pay a high price. Doubtless no one understands the price bet- ter than David Lewis un- like Mr. is no saint or innocent abroad but a ambitious and skilful politician. No national party can afford the the the specific objectives and lofty ideals of a protest movement like the old CCF and the early NDP. In a diverse nation like Canada such a party and can nothing more than a coalition and amalgam of con- tradictory masquerading in public as a single organism. So long as the NDP was satis- fied to remain a protest move- looking at government from the outside without any of its it could ad- vocate explicit policies. It could put its ideology ahead of its electoral votes. It could pro- claim a noble vision without the need to make it work. As Mr. Woodsworth once s. id to when I was too young to appreciate the grandeur of his he knew that things were terribly wrong with a then in the depths of the Great but he did not in more than vague how to set them right. It was impossible to he a genuine all right worth about thirty-nine The crumbling of White House power By Joseph U.S. syndicated commentator The latest White Houe offen- sive on Watergate has turned out to be a kamikaze operation. Mr. Nixon is not so much tough- ing it out as messing it up. Presidential in conse- is crumbling. The big move in the widely- heralded counter-offensive was the refusal of the White House to release the tapes made of Mr. Nixon's conversations and phone caus. The move came in two and each bore the seeds of self-destruction. Mr. Nixon himself sent a letter to chairman Sam Ervin of the Watergate committee de- nying the committee's request for the tapes on the ground of separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government. That claim is a straightforward one which could well be upheld in the courts. But Mr. Nixon tack- ed onto it an unnecessary and self-defeating assertion. The president said he had listened to some of the tapes and that they sustain- ed his version of the Watergate break-in and cover-up. But he added that the tapes ed comments that persons with different perspectives and mo- tives would inevitably interpret in different That gratuitous observation amounts to a virtual confession that the president is holding back on the tapes because they do not exonerate him. As the legal fight for the tapes winds through the the .confes- sion is going to be broadcast over and over to the nation. So even if he wins the legal fight with the which seems Mr. Nixon is in effect with- holding the evidence because I'm not The second move in the coun- teroffensive is a letter from the White House denying the tapes to special prosecutor Archibald Cox. The legal problem was tougher here because Mr. Cox had been appointed by Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson. Mr. Cox claimed that he was a member of the executive branch who could not be denied access to the tapes on grounds of the separation of powers. The White in the per- son of Prof. Charles a special consultant on Water- made what looked like an ingenious response to this dif- ficulty. Prof. Wright wrote Cox that his position as special pro- secutor was anomalous. Prof. Wright said that if Cox was in fact a member of the execu- he was subject to orders from the president and could be denied the tapes simply by the Letters Adverse influences It's little wonder young peo- ple are growing up as they considering the character of adults. One Lethbridge TV station in the last telecast two hard- core pornography movies. Its weekly Monty Python's Flying Circus features maso- and sex. One episode was a slap-stick comedy rou- tine. Arms ware pulled blood and there was the of prerecorded laughter. Where is the high calibre pro- gramming boasted of during the Sesame Street A recent movie advertisement carried the language may be objectionable to Apparently the movie manager finds such language possibly even a sign of enlightenmment. he wouldn't have purchased the movie. Bible Christians must consid- er the adverse influences of those outside the church on so- ciety. CONCERNED Bow Island. 40 miles an hour in a 25-mile-an-hour ton going totovghtnp Igbt trhon's ttw For neighbors We love you very much but you dp not seem to return our for you allow your dogs to foul our our flow- and even our house. If your regard for us was as high as ours for you would take a little time and trouble to train your dogs to use their own back yards or the alley as a bathroom instead of turning them loose with the unspoken but obvious sanction to make free with the neighbors' front lawns. No thought is taken of how much work the neighbors have put into making their lawns look nice or of the fact that they have small children. We resent having to pick up dog droppings from our lawn each day before our children can play outside. Believe that little extra bit of discipline will make you and your dogs a lot more popular with your neighbors. GARDENER Lethbridge. president's fiat. Prof. Wright went how- to say that Cox was in fact responsive to the grand jury and the not the president. Prof. Wright's letter the separation of powers doctrine did apply against Cox. However ingenious that argu- it actually lost ground for the president. The thrust was to assert that Mr. Cox is an officer of the court in a matter involving evidence of a crime But in matters involving evidence of a an officer of the court has special rights. So it looks very much as though Mr. Cox is going to win his court move to have access to the tapes. The more so as the president by his astonishing as- sertion that he would accept the ruling of Supreme Court has denied his friends there their best reason to duck the issue. The impression that the Pres- ident is going down has already fcund its political consequences. Men all over Washington are splitting from Mr. Nixon. -Vice President Agnew has ex- pressed his at not being involved in Watergate. Two of the president's most power- ful White House Mel- vin Laird and Bryce have let it be known that they favor partial release of the tapes. The as evinced by recent stands on Cambodia and war shows less and less respect for the Presi- dent. Even the regulatory ag. as indicated by the move of the federal Trade Commis- sion to break up the big oil are moving on their own. The final to be Is not clear. There are prob- ably three months of legal man- oeuvring ahead. The Congress seems to have little stomach for and the presi- dent says that talk of his resig- nation is But what is going on is not ious. Power end influence are running out on Mr. Nixon. He is on the track to a circum- stance where the only way to reassert the authority of the president will be for him to relinquish his grip on the office. until socialism bad taken studied the problems from the inside and devised the proper solutions. He had no definite only a passionate hope for mankind. As he also that hope was unlikely to be achieved in his lifetime. if be could nut overthrow the existing system he could change it mar- ginally and or the forces of did change almost beyond recognition. And though his career in politics was destroyed by his solitary vote against the Second World impractical act but one of supreme social changes were not re- pealed. On the they continued at accelerating speed and are moving still faster now. When three Western provinces elect socialist gov- when the NDP holds a balance of power in Parlia- ment and coerces a minority government day by it is absurd to imagine that nothing fundamental has happened in our society. It is equally absurd to say that the NDP has become a party when clearly it has not. But it is trying desperately to look like one to this is changing its outer garments if not its iraer mind. It is muting its so- blurnng its blue- promising impossibilities and if a coal- ition of opposites like the old parties. for the Van- couver convention solemnly pro- tested the evil of inflation with- out mentioning its chief which is wages. It demanded that food prices be rolled back without any limit on the in- come of the fanner or the worker in the distributing chain. With still greater a so- cialist party which was once the friend of all the champion of the poor and down- trodden resolved that Canada's wealth must be kept at home while the rest of the world went short of necessi- ties. This is called socialism now-a-days but it is only good o 1 d-f ashioned Macdonald's national policy un- der new trimmings with even stronger protectionist weapons and harsher anti-Americanism. Or Mr. Lewis warned his followers against talking too much about their socialist ideals lest they alarm the who form the na- tion's votii.g majority. These he should not be worn publicly around the NDP's neck. Mr. Lewis knows what he is or trying to do. He is transforming a spongy ideological exercise into a cut- ting instrument of politics. While rather dizzy with suc- he that his task may well be a failure for an obvious no mat- ter what social benefaction he promises the old parties will match his or enough of it to satisfy the public. Just as Mackenzie King moved leftward sufficiently to outflank Mr. so Mr. Trudeau will outflank Mr. Lewis while Mr. attacking social- proposes that the govern- ment control the entire econ- at least for the time being. The two old parties under- stand that one of them must die before a third can come to real national life and neither is re- conciled to suicide. And with all his momentary power in Ot- Mr. Lawis must see that his task has hardly begun that he may be a very brief candle in North America's dark bourgeois night. No wonder he has no stomach for an election. 'Crazy Capers' Rita-have you got a bont for Herald M 7th St. Alberta LETHBWDGE HERALD CO. Proprietors nd Pubtttkin MUMwd MM- by Bon. W. A. BUCHANAN CtaM MM ItagMTWIoft Mo. Wl fntt MM Ita CMMdlMi MM flW AMlt C CUIO W IWW1IW. JNItor MM MWWW ifMOMAI K Awwil DON PILLIW WILLIAM HAY MltX DQUOLAfc K. WALKIR -WE MVK 1NE lOimr ;