Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Britsh Liberals on spectacular comeback trail By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON After half a century in the political wilder- Britain's once-powerful Liberal party is enjoying one of its most sustained revivals since the end of the Second World War. The now-tiny party has taken the road to political rejuvena- tion many times since the de- feat of the last Liberal prime David Lloyd in to bog down. This the Lib- erals appear to be more solidly based than they have been for several decades and the party's byelection successes are un- precedented since the early 1930s. The which has learned by experience to be cautious about predicting Lib- eral recently com- one can say how many seats the Liberals will be able to win at the next one can only assume that they will win more votes and more seats than at any election since the possibly many The obstacles they face are not the least of which is that they now occupy only 10 seats in the 630-seat House of Commons. STRESS COMMUNITY But the party has adopted a policy which members call based on many of the ideas and tactics used by the American civil rights movement in its heyday. The program is basically a response to the powerlessness which many people now feel in their relations with government and social institutions. The Lib- erals aim to create community bodies which can act as a countervailing power to the bu- reaucratic forces of society. Focusing attention on the Lib- erals at the moment are their two spectacular victories in byelections held in regions tra- ditionally considered the pre- serve of the governing Con- servatives. During the last nine the Liberals have won four bye- their best record in 40 getting about 38 per cent of the total vote. In some observers ar- the swing to the Liberals has been prompted by negative factors. Voters are clearly dis- enchanted by fast-rising the increasing costs of Common Market low wages and the pay as well as the weakening pound which makes most holidays abroad more expensive. PROGRAM POPULAR But the size of the Liberal vote since the 1970 general elec- tion has led many com- mentators to argue that the party's technique of encour- aging and helping people form grassroots organizations to fight for local improvements is tre- mendously popular. Critics of tie notably journalists working for Britain's predominantly Tory news- tend to dismiss Liberal gains as a flash in the pan. They say general elections cannot be won by discussion of local issues alone. Liberal organizers themselves say they are still uncertain how many people actually they are But they argue that there is so much public dis- trust of the chronically divided Labor party that few potentially Liberal votes will be lost to that party in the next election. Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe says his aim is to cap- ture about 50 seats in the elec- tion and use this as a base from which to make a bid for power at the end of the decade. Cattle rustling on the increase SALT LAKE Utah A shortage of beef has led to a new breed of nit- tier in the western United States. Cattlemen from northern Idaho to southern Utah end from the plains to Nevada com- plain that rustling has in- creased since President Nixon announced beef prices will re- main frozen under Phase 4 until mid-September. Official programs and re- wards are being offered by at least two western state govern- ments in efforts to halt rustling. me it's said Mrs. David wife of a Wasatch rancher. been hit several tunes in the past couple of weeks and I'm afraid we'll probably be hit The family has lost 15 head of cattle since the first of the year. She eaid once a 700-pound heifer was shot while its hind quarters cut off and dragged away. The remaining meat was left to rot. been extensive throughout the said John executive secretary of the Idaho Cattlemen's Associ- ation. He said his orgMu'zat'on has no figures on the extent of rustl- ing but has reports that both in- dividuals and groups are steal- ing cattle. In state brand in- spsctor William Cheney com- plains of having a staff too small to detect the small illegal shipments which filter through the heavy legal traffic each year. Salt Lake County Sheriff Del- mar Larson described how thieves rustle cattle in the 20th got reports about two men in another county who have been driving around in a pickup-trailer vehicle. They stop on a country pick out small cows or shoot them and then drag them to their truck. It all takes about four or five minutes. They don't even bleed the animals The he is sold on Utah's black mafket to restau- rants and other dealers in large quantities of beef. Utah Gov. Calvin L. Hampton said the matter has become close to emergency status in Utah. He issued a proclamation Thursday offering rewards up to for information about rustling. farmers in rural West Virginia and in neighbor- ing southeastern Ohio have been warned to expect in- creased activity from rustlers. Some farmers have already adopted new security measures. In Lawruice and Scioto coun- cattle owners have formed a protective association. The which boasts 400 offers a reward for information leading to the arrest of rustlers. Will machine help us understand each By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA If science can put men on the rea- sons Barry Mather rey-White surely it can produce a mechanical gadget to help people understand each other in a bilingual country. So Canada's most famous non-smoker is going to do some- thing about it. He's already alerted the National Research Council that his ample energies now are being directed at such a gadget. NRC President W. G. Schneider reports lively in- among his scientists. I have is the says the 64-year-old newspaperman- turned-politician. will be up to science to come up with a practical What Mr. Mather has in mind is a small pocket-sized machine that would have a vocabulary of or sentences in both offi- cial languages. With button con- to ask for basic such as flight telephone prices and other standard in- quiries. Apart from machines that could be he also sug- gests that bigger models be in- stalled in public such as airports. clerks already use machines that provide information written out on a screen. Surely these could be expanded for other types in both When Mr. Mather raised his idea with Keith the offi- cial languages he received an enthusiastic re- sponse. Mr. Spicer said he has had meetings with the scientific community find ways of computerizing whole word banks and setting up in Canada a world-quality word bank between French and Sears It's easy with color. 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