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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THt lETHBHIDG! HEHAID Friday, July IB, 197i Dove Humphreys Chaos in Britain The power of irresponsible rank- arid-file union'members to totally dis- rupt the economic, political, and soc- ial life of a nation is nowhere more apparent than it is in Britain today. Jailing of five dock workers for ille- gal picketing was simply the catalyst ibat provoked the crisis, the bitter battle between labor and manage- ment, which has now escalated into a battle between labor and the laws of the land. Mr. Heath's Industrial Relations Act designed to enforce collective bargaining contracts by law, to give the government the power to order a two months "cooling off period before strike action which threatens a national emergency can be taken, collective bargaining by one union acting as agent for all other unions in one firm, and provisions against unfair dismissal, has not succeeded in its main objective to stop wild- cat strikes. Embatted workers, motivated by fear their jobs will be lost as automation takes over, bave lost con- fidence in their own leaders. They want to take things into their own hands, a solution which will lead only to further disruption. Members of the Transport and Gen- eral Workers' Union have, in essence, refused to accept the agreement worked out between the union and the port employers. The president of the TGWTJ says he is disappointed dial union members have defied him and his executive. Little wonder. The agreement provides for larger redun- dancy payments for older men whose jobs are imperilled by automated cargo handling, gives a greater sharo in handling container cargo to union members, and offers a retraining pro- gram and other job security provi- sions. Now the judicial committee of the House of Lords, from whose decision there is no appeal, has told unionists that the parent union must be held responsible for the actions of indivi- dual members. This means that the union, rather than individuals will have to pay the price of defiance. The price is high huge fines and court costs. It's all bad news for the Heath government, already smarting under the Maudling affair which resulted in the recent resignation of the home secretary. Mr. Harold Wilson, leader of the Labor opposition has not been slow to lay the blame on Mr. Heath's Conservatives, conveniently forget- ting that during the Labor adminis- tration wildcat strikes brought a ser- ies of domestic crises in Britain just as they are doing now. No solution is in sight. As long as union members believe that the only way they can achieve their demands is to defy their leaders and the law of the land, disruption and social un- rest will continue a gloomy pros- pect. No place like it According to an old saw, home is the place where we complain the most but get treated the best. In spite of threats to leave we just don't get around to it. This maxim must also apply to the way Canadians feel about their coun- try for in spite of the grumbling we do about it, according to a Gallup Poll conducted recently we'd rather live here than anywhere else in the world. Or at least the majority about eight in 10 when polled said there's simply no place like Canada and they wouldn't move elsewhere even if they had the chance. Among young people 18 to 29 years of age the native sentiment isn't as strong as in older folk. A fairly solid segment three in 10 said they'd go to another country if they had the chance. This desire drops steadily as men and women get older, until at 50 and over, only about one in 10 would leave the country and make a new home in another part of the world. Where would those who want to move away from Canada prefer to go? The largest segment 26 per cent are not sure. Favorite selec- tions are at the same level, with U.S. and Australia each named by 16 per cent of those who would like to leave. A great many said they would like to go to another land while there are others, (doubtless those in the deep freeze zones) who entertain dreams of living in Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and other romantic comers of the earth. So while there is much grumbling about how misunderstood and put upon we are in Canada just like home we know all the time how well off we really are. Weigh TN YEARS the average woman will weigh 346 pounds, an expert has told the U.S. macaroni manufacturers as- satiation. Well, a fat lot he knows. He bases his figure, such as it Is, on the average weight (127 pounds) of women to 1670. But as everybody knows, 1870 was a bad year for women. There was an early frost, and many women were nipped in the bustle. This same expert predicts thai by the year 3000 A.D. women will be nine feel high, A man will make love to a womaii not because he wants her but because she is there. Here the man could be right. I've been watching nervously for some time as wo- men grew taller and taller, while I seem to be shrinking. Some of them do it before my very eyes. Their eyes are level wilh mine when we slart talking, but by the time we leave the elevator they have gained enough altitude to overlook my whole proposition. I find it unnerving lo converse wilh one of my daughters' teenage friends and feel my neck bowing back slowly till it clicks Into gargling posilion. The silualion is aggravated Ihls summer because many young women are wearing the high, chunky heel. I have spent so much time on tiptoe I feel like Dame Mar- got Fontcyn. One reason I'm looking forward lo visit- ing Europe this summer Is that the aver- age French-woman Is shorter lhan her North American sister. It will give my calves a break. This is a stop-gap measure, however. Ob- viously it Is lime for science lo that there is an optimum size for both men and women. My research indicates that this size Is exactly tall enough to reach the cookie tin, yet not so long thai one muct have a bath In sections. It is all very well to be tall in the saddle, but the mind boggles at a nine-foot man riding a horse. Inslead of leaping into the saddle he will just pull Ihe beast between his legs. His feet will drag on the ground. It will be the end of the western as we know it. The first thing we have lo do is stop exclaiming proudly of our children: "he lakes size Iwelve and he's only three years old." Plaudils should be reserved instead for the gnome in the family. It science can develop dwarf variclies of plants, there's no reason why it can't relieve the tension in my hamslrings by producing a bright, perennial four-foot woman. Before you lanky types start scoffing, I remind you of the fale nf Bronlosaunis. The lillle lizards have made oul okay, but where is Mr. Big? Standing around a cold museum as a partly-furnished suite of bones is not my idea of fiesta. If God had meant us all lo play basket- ball, He would have given us sneakers. So go on Ihe pasta, pussycat. By and large, you're ample. (Vancouver Province Feature) The facts of life By Dong Walker Tfffi Herald newsroom staff may know scribed tho moths ns "slnmese.1 nbout the birrls the hees but oli- viously some of them don't know about moths! A picture was reccnlly nm on Hie fronl rily page nf two molhs engaged In Ihe IT- productive! net. The cut lines solemnly de- Canada's position with Common Market Canada's pro- posal for a rela- tionship with Hie Common Market, assiduously cultivated through diplomatic channels, is alive if not exactly thriving here ID the uncertain European climate. More important perhaps, in the long run is tin? positive tri- umph o[ Ottawa's efforts to persuade the Common Market to think of Canada as a political and economic unit distinct from the United States. A high official at Common Market headquarters said the Canadian desk hag been placed in a grouping "separate from the United States." "You may take this as sym- bolic of our approach to Can- ada." The Common Market, he said, had avoided the tempta- tion to look at North America as one block for administrative purposes, as the British For- eign Office does. "There is a great recognition here of Can- ada's problem and a desire to help ns much as said diplomat close to the Canadian discussions. There is a feeling that Can- ada has succeeded in con- vincing Mother Country France that Canada Is entitled to spe- cial consideration. France dom- inates the six-nation Market sufficiently to carry the day on an issue of what must he sec- ond-rate importance to Europe. It Is too soon to be definite about Uie full success of this initiative. But it is beginning to look like a carefully calcu- lated piece of diplomacy car- ried out in Brussels, London and Paris. In tliis context Prime ter Trudeau's understanding and congratulations for British Prime Minister Heath on join- ing the Market easily can be appreciated. The Canadian case has been built on an appeal to history combined with the quiet asser- tion of harsh existing realities. Canada, a small power free of any trade block, runs the risk of Isolation or else thrust ever closer to the U.S., It is argued. Precisely because It Is not with- in Canada's power to beat the Europeans with a big slick, as the U.S. has been doing, Can- ada must tail back on a special relationship. Canada has noth- ing else. In tho Immediate future, more Canadian trade in dollar terms will be jeopardized by the enlargement lhan that of any other country. Agricultural exports will be particularly at risk. Historically, It Is argued that Canada's relations with the mother countries, who will con- veniently be Ihe largest Euro- pean powers, are self evident The Common Market has raised practical objections to Canada's proposal for a stand- ing ministerial-level commis- sion. This would mean convening a special meeting of all ten member ministers to meet Ca- nadian ministers. This In Itself is no problem. The ministers meet all the time. It would set a precedent the commission is loathe to establish. Japan and India are among other coun- tries who have requested sim- ilar attention. At present the commission Is more agreeable to a special ministerial meeting to consider a specific problem. It prefers to deal with the conlinulng re- la'ionshlp in other ways. A reg- ular meeting between top com- mission and Canadian civil ser- vants Is one possibility. A sim- ilar arrangement with ambas- sadors, Including ambassadors of all member states, is an- other. Not least is regular use of existing channels which ap- pear to have been effective for Canada to date. "You have a good and efficient mission here." Although the mission declines to comment, there is a distinct possibility that the mission will be further strengthened. At mm WORLD KB JO riMlN BBflT we oceepfaf totem cooling a a nan's, r. Trier, TO wait a piece of the ectfoaT present the Canadian ambassa- dor to Belgium doubles ai head of mission to Ihe Common Market. The last official word on subject came tome time ago in the commons when Mr. Sharp, replying to Opposition Leader Stanfield, Bald the Idea was being considered. Mr. Stan- field, incidentally, is credited here with generating a new sense of urgency in Ottawi over Common Market The Canadian delation, headed by Deputy External Affairs Minister Michel Dupuy, advanced the special relation- ship case during their recent visit. The delegation, described exploratory and Intended to strengthen relations, In fact canvassed the Europeans on i bilateral agreement. The talk was in fairly general tenni dealing with economic prob- lems, investment, trade in raw materials. Again, it was made clear, the Europeans are not keen on bilateral, where there Is a possibility of multilateral, solutions. The two sides will pick up the threads in the fall when Ex- ternal Relations Commissioner Half Dahrendorf and his dep- uty, Theo Hijzen, pay e return visit to Ottawa. No sooner action could be ex- pected, given the impending August holidays and the of Common Market expansion, Mr. Sharp recognlied problem before the Senate ex- ternal affairs committee in March. "Until he said, "Europe has been too busy re- organizing Itself to pay much attention to how It Is going to arrange Its relations with the outside world." If true then, it Is understate- ment today. Europe Itself Is In crisis, a crisis that threaten! the Common Market's expan- sion momentum. In the circum- stances, Canada's achievement Is considerable. It Is not re- duced by the knowledge that quiet Canadian diplomacy hai been accentuated by contrast- ing U.S. big slick technique! of the Connolly era. The cost, it seems, Is that gamble has been taken with Canadian exports, particularly agricultural, where Canadian and U.S. Inleresls run parallel, but the Canadian defence has been soft-pedalled In hopes of winning a larger prize. (Herald London bureau) Dennis Bloodworth Signs of peace breaking out in war-torn Asia If the mnnngcment should decide a crash course on (lie facts of lifo is necessary maylic Gerry Rmallwood should be allow- ed In sit in (in It. He described n stray puppy he Irying lo grt adopted as bcinK "partly female." SINGAPORE There are signs in Asia today that lha world may be coming la its senses, and that the system of frank enmities that has until now provided a firm basis lor international diplomacy may be dissolving into a shifting pal- tern of peace moves. Millions observe with grateful wonder that conciliation is seeping across this continent like a comely blush, but perceptive political leaders do not forget that peace is a more subtle and treacherous game than war, as the late President Ho Chi Minh found when the Gene- va Agreement of 1954 and its aftermath robbed him of im- minent victory and half of Vietnam. The desire for a delcnle is nonetheless contagious. In Ihe course of the current month Indian and Pakistani leaders have signed the "Simla Ac- cord" which provides that their countries will withdraw tha troops they have massed eye- ball-to-eyeball along their dis- puted borders and will setlle their quarrels in future without going to war. In Laos the pro- Communist Pathet Lao guer- rillas have accepted an in- vitation from Prince Souvanna Phouma, prime minister of Ihe Royal Government, (o s e n d a delegation to Vientiane with full powers to discuss terms lor a general ceasefire. Recently the brittle Paris talks between North Vietnam- ese and American negotiators were resumed, and although the Communists again rejected President Nixon's earlier form- ula for peace, Mr. Xunn Thuy, Hanoi's olhcnvise acerbic chief delegate, had already dcclarerl encouragingly "whal we want is a speedy settlement of (he conflict we aro ready to examine thoroughly any new American proposal In help end the war. I return hen; wilh good will." That quickly set hcnds nod- illng knowingly among those who were convinced that while Chinese freight trains loaded Sovicl lanks might still lx) rallllng soulh towards the fron- tier of North Vietnam, Moscow nnd Peking hnrl r.o more .slom- for Ihe fighl. They wcrn paying duo lip-scrvlco to their embattled 'little brother" In the struggle against "the U.S. imperialists and their lackeys in but neither intended to let the embarrass- ingly escalated stalemate in Vietnam continue to bedevil its own dialogue with Washington indefinitely. Premier Chou En-lal his meanwhile warmly conceded that the proposals of the new Japanese prime minister, Mr. Kakuei Tansaka, for restoring amicable relalions between Tokyo and Peking "merit a and Tanaka has made two high-powered mem- bers of the "Peking Lobby" in Japan his deputy premier and foreign minister. Ever eager to isolate Taiwan, to file down the old links between America and Japan, and to hold back the economic and military Jap- anese juggernaut across the water, Chou En-lai looks kindly upon Ihese friendlier faces in Tokyo, and Tanaka forecasts direct talks between their two estranged countries and a per- sonal visit to Peking before the end of the year. Rapprochement is In the summer air. Yet litlle more than two months ago the Chi- nese prime mirister accused Tanaka's predecessor of "ener- getically reviving Japanese and Ihe Peking People's Daily condemned Jap- an for planning lo mainlain Okinawa as a "bridgehead" of American imperialism and us a "springboard for external ag- gression" on her own account. It is also not so long since tho North Koreans were describing the administralion in Ihe hap- Joss of their homeland soulh of Hie 3Uth Parallel as a "military fascist dictatorship" comprising a "liny handful of landlords, comprador capital- ists anil reactionary bureau- crats faithfully executing Ihn aggressive policy of the U.S. Imperlalisls." Kill on July t, after nearly a quarter of a century of well- sustained mutual hoslilily, North and Soulh Korea stag- gered tho world by revealing thai they had secretly reached nn understanding lo work con- struclivcly towards ,n lieller re- liilionsliip nnd Ilic ultimata re- union of their two They have agreed that Ideolo- gical differences must give way to the overriding need for na- tional unity, they have prom- ised to stop shooting and shout- ing at each other, and have ar- ranged to set up a hot Una between their capitals. The for- eign minister of a virulently anti-Communist South Korea has further told the National Assembly that his government is eager to "improve trade and other relations with China, tha Soviet Union and East Euro- pean countries." The glow of all this smiling diplomacy from Simla to Seoul flatters the features of ASEAN the Association of South-East five member stales earlier Ihis year called for this subcontinent to be de- clared a "zone of peace, free- dom, and neutrality" under- VTillcn by all big brothers, and recently their respective for- eign ministers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines convened again in Manila to discuss the projecl further. A soft political climate, like B hard drug, can induce dan- gerous euphoria, however. China and North Korea share the same implacable ambition when they make amiable ges- tures towards Japan and South Korea to part the American imperialist from his Asian "puppets." The North Koreans have been behind undercover revolutionary mayhem from Mexico to Ceylon. They are suspected being implicated In the massacre perpetrated at Lod Airport in Israel by Japan- ese fanatics, and of supplying automatic weapons to guerril- las of the Maoist "New Peo- ple's Army" In the northern Philippines. Jakarta reports that Com- munist arms have also been secretly landed in Indonesian Borneo, nnd this year Iho num- ber of clashes between security forces and Communist guerril- las In Thailand has Ireblcd. Tho Thfii Army losl 20 men killed nnd wounded In a singlo terrorlsl nmbush on July It, and for Iho first timo thcro tiro Indications that the Thai nnd Malaysian insurgents may be co-ordinaling Ihcir activit- ies "People'! wan" in Asia have somewhat disconcertingly kept pace with recent peace moves. Moreover, the resolution of one discord tends to lead into another. The Japanese have now disquieted the Chinese by disclosing that they also plan to open negotiations with the Russians later this year for the conclusion of a formal peace treaty. South Koreans are now worrying that their own tenta- tive detente with North Korea may prompt the Japanese to jump in first, abandon their exclusive recognition of the government in' Seoul, and weaken Its bargaining position by acknowledging the Com- munist regime in Pyongyang as well as Peking. And the premier of South Korea has promised that his government will not budge from its stand that reunion with the North must be "based on freedom and democracy." This is where the swinging match between declared ene- mies of the past ends, and the far trickier infighting between would-be "friends" of the Looking Through the Herald 1322 Upwards of peo- ple attended Ihe Taber Fa'ir today. 3932 Herman Linder of Cardston was crowned king of the bucking bronca at the rodeo last evening. 1912 Wooden automobile tire? have mmie their first ap- pearance on Halifax streets. A taxi fiim is experimenting with them in tho hope of keeping in future begins not only for Korean and Korean, but for Lao and Lao, Chinese and Jap- anese, American and Vietnam- ese, super-Power and super- Power. Within weelB of the an- nouncement last July that Pres- ident Nixon would visit Peking, North Korea was calling (or talks with South Korea, and within hours of the publication; of the joint communique Issued at the conclusion of that visit, Japan acknowledged Chairman, Mao's regime to be the only 1 e g i t i mate government of China. By taking out option] with both Peking and Moscow, Nixon depolarized the power game and turned it into a free- for-all. The result is an infinite- ly complicated, sometimes per- ilously deceptive scenario. Ev- eryone lost the cold war, but no one can foretell who will win the hot peace. That, however, does not stop Asians from feel- ing justifiably glad that they may now have lo brace them- selves for this new ordeal. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) backward ten-ice several cars now laid off because o( tire restrictions. 1052 _ Wheels, wheels, and Imorc vjicels. Camouflaged though they were by crepa paper, cardboard, and olher finery, nevertheless every available wheel in the city that could be commandeered any available youngster found ils way lo the Sports Ccnlro track for the "Wheel Day" par- ade. The Letlibridge Herald SM 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1005.1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Secona Clan Mall Registration No. OOIJ THOMAS H. ADAJAa, MiiiiljtV' SOY r. MILES OOUGI AS K Advernilno THB HERALD SERVK THI ;