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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 17, 1971 New alliances appear promising ritain faces a great political and historic change By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) - Britain faces a year of great political and historic change in 1972, with promising new alliances to be formed and shoddy old ones repaired and with the sound of gunfire nearby adding an ominous eruptive quality to a quarrelsome parliamentary balance. No one can measure at this stage how closely Prime Minister Heath may skirt political landmines as he drives the final Common Market legislation through Parliament where the Opposition is preparing guerrilla warfare and where fringes of Heath's own Conservative party are ready to renew revolt. But Opposition Leader Harold Wilson's own position is far from enviable. He promises a final Common Market battle inch by inch, all through the fine print of the accession treaty, but he cannot be absolutely certain that his warriors will remain loyal. They split with an embarrassing jolt during the first-stage Common Market vote Oct. 28, when Heath won an enormous victory on the Common Market entry principle. And while Labor loyalty has been fervently repledged, there is lingering suspicion that a number of Labor hearts are not in the struggle. MAJORITY Ll'KELY So it appears that when the shouting is over, Heath will emerge with a majority sufficient for Britain to embrace her new Common Market sisters Jan. 1, 1973. Amid the parliamentary struggle over this closing episode of debate will be events jn Rhodesia where a British hand-picked team will attempt to find out whether the blacks as well as the whites support the proposed new An-glo-Rhodesian relationship. While the majority blacks shout "sell-out," there is already confidence in official London quarters that the team will turn in an affirmative report, with Britain going through the motions of formally recognizing Rhodesia's independence, seized by white leader Ian Smith six years ago. And while the United Nations expresses shock over the settlement, Britain will quietly withdraw her sanctions against the former colony, renewing old investment and trade links similar to those which have flourished in Britain's relations with South Africa. Setting aside political and diplomatic idealism and concentrating on economic links that will pay off in wealth, jobs and profits appears to be the dominating policy of the Heath government. But the repetitive echo of the Ulster bullet and bomb, and the mounting toll of dead, suggests that Heath has still a long way to go before he achieves the tranquility on his doorstep that wilt allow him to concentrate on pure economic strength. The Ulster crisis is, in a sense, bleeding the United Kingdom economy. Despite the increased flow of British troops and increased recruitment of Ulster defence forces, the economy of Northern Ireland remains virtually devastated, shattered by Irish Republican Army bomb-throwers and snipers who seek to unite Ireland by force. The British Army maintains it is getting on top of the situation. It points to arrests and increased discoveries of arms caches to attest to its control. But the daily toll of street slayings, including troops, continues. The split between Roman Catholic and Protestant in the north has widened and become more rigid. The pleadings of Ulster Prime Minister Brian Faulkner fall on deaf ears, adding doubts to the effectiveness of his government. And now the old bipartisan unity over Northern Ireland appears to be coming to an end with Heath insisting on supporting the Faulkner administration and Wilson talking of some form of united Ireland under the Commonwealth. Many Ulster Protestants swear they will die first before submitting to a Dublin government. The fear among some of Heath's own ministers is that the Ulster struggle, threatening to rupture into civil war, may spread to the mainland where underground anarchists are ready to exploit any issue to advance their objectives. The 1971 bombings of the Post Office tower in London, as well as the homes of high officials, testified to the undercurrent of unrest in this country. But with Britain and other countries going through cycles that bring increasing unemployment, the resentment has intensified. Heath has moved hastily with big injections of tax and other aid in an attempt to reduce the one million j o b 1 e s s -a post-war record four per cent of the work force. This government intervention does not suggest, at least to investors, that Heath's own policies are failing. A spectacular rise in Britain's official currency reserves accompanied by a quick pay-off of foreign loans accumulated by the previous Labor administration testify to growing world confidence in the British pound and Britain's economic future. As he faces the historic job of realigning Britain's role within Europe, Heath is likely to be able to muster the reluctant support of a majority of Britons who, on average, say they are opposed to European Common Market membership but who feel that role is inevitable. Within a year that role is likely to be irrevocable. Bounty hunter still thrives LOS ANGELES (API - The bounty hunter is still riding in California. But, unlike the Old West, he doesn't ride into town with the body of a notorious train robber or killer draped over his saddle to claim a "dead-or-alive'' reward. Nowadays, he's more likely to walk into a police station with someone who's jumped bail on a charge such as drunk driving, burglary or shoplifting. The rewards-and the risks-can be considerable. Ralph Thorson, a 300-pounder, works at it full time. He figures he averages $1,500 a month in fees. Neil Zelinsky figures he clears $400 a month, moonlighting at night and weekends. Monday through Friday he's the assistant manager in a downtown office. Both agree the work can be dangerous at times. Thorson has knife scars on his stomach and says: "Every third one threatens me. They have guns, clubs, knifes." Zelinsky has been punched and "had a gun pointed at me." PAID BY BONDSMEN Their fees-and those of the other modern-day bounty hunt- ers-are paid by professional bondsmen. "I'd rather pay a bounty hunter $3,100 than eat a $6,200 bond," explains bondsman Sidney L. Fair. He estimates that bounty hunters bring in seven out of every 10 bail jumpers they go after. Their right to range in California is covered by the state Penal Code. The bondsman gives the bounty hunter a certified copy of the bond and this, along with the power of citizen's arrest, is the legal basis for the pickup. Bondsmen and bounty hunters say the law authorizes them to use reasonable force and, if necessary, handcuffs. In theory, bounty hunters aren't supposed to carry guns. But it's not unknown for them to have a shotgun on the seat of their car, a perfectly legal situation. The standard fee paid to a bounty hunter by a bondsman is $50 for a $500 bond, and 15 per cent of bonds over $500. But, on unusual, dangerous or difficult cases, it can be half of-the bond. Thorson says the biggest fee he ever received was $10,000 for an accused narcotics pusher. Torsher wins seat on 40-mile board FOREMOST (Special) - Reelected and newly-elected councillors took oaths of office recently at the organizational meeting of the County of 40-Mile. New councillor Edward Torsher narrowly defeated John Vos in the election in Division 6. Dan Vandenberg was returned as reeve. Frank Romeike was elected deputy reeve. Incumbents George McFall, Frank Romeike and Lyle Nat-trass were returned to the school committee, along with Russell Scratch, previously associated with the agricultural committee. Ken Babe was'elected chairman of the county municipal committee. Councillors Bill Gejdos, Tony Voeller and Ed Torsher were elected to serve with Mr. Babe. Mr. Babe was also elected to serve a three-year term as a member on the Medicine Hat General Hospital board, a position he held previously. Mr. VandenBerg and Mr. Torsher were elected members of the Bow Island General Hospital Board for three-year terms. Mr. Scratch will represent the county on the Border Coun- ties General Hospital board and Mr. Romeike will serve on the Medicine Hat 40-Mile Auxiliary Hospital board. Three former members of the agricultural committee were re-elected to that body, Mr. Gejdos, Mr. Voeller and Mr. Nattrass. Mr. Torsher was elected as the fourth member. County representative on the 40-Mile far purchase committee will be Mr. McFall. Mr. Torsher and Mr. Voeller were elected to the 40-Mile Foundation. Mr. Babe will serve on the Medicine Hat Health Unit and Dan VandenBerg on the 40-Mile GMO Unit. Golden S'neaf Park committee members Mr. Babe and Mr. Torsher. Mr. VandenBerg and Mr. Gejdos were elected to the welfare committee. Mr. Romeike was elected to the Medicine Hat planning committee to fill a vacancy in the county representation to this body. RISING COST The percentage of Canada's gross national product directed to education rose from 1.5 in 1944 to an estimated 9.0 in 1969. Eaton's Christmas Gift CONCLUDES SATURDAY - ITEMS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED ARE STILL AVAILABLE WHERE STOCKS PERMIT! SHOP TONIGHT UNTIL 9 AND SATURDAY 9 'TILL 5:30 Repeat Offer! SWISS WATCHES In Time for Christmas Sale Priced Swiss Incabloc Watches 11 styles with Jewelled Lever Movements. Limited quantities in some models. Sale .99 17 jewel watch with 14k yellow gold case. Has semi modern dial. Matching tubular expansion bracelet is handsome and comfortable. Great value. Men's 17 jewel diver's watch. Black dial, luminous face. Rotating time lapsed bezel. Tested to 100 feet. Diver's plastic strap. Men's 17 jewel day-daie watch, tumin-ous hands, hour markers, modern dial. Sweep second hand. Brushed gold colour. Water resijtant case. 17 jewel calendar watch with modern dial, luminous face, sweep second. Chromium-plated case, stainless steel back. Water resistant. Men's 25 jewel automatic calendar. Stainless steel water-resistant case. Silvered semi-modern dial. Luminous hands. Sweep second hand. CHRISTMAS SHOP ON YOUR EATON BUDGET CHARGE WITH NO DOWN PAYMENT Sale .99 Women's 17 jewel bracelet watch with brushed finish yellow gold colour case with bracelet. Yellow gold colour brush finish modern dial. Men's 25 jewel automatic day date diver's watch. 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