Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE May British are caught in the middle Getting a kiss Conservative leader Robert Stanfield gets a kiss on the cheek while campaign- ing recently in British Columbia. He wiped away tell-tale traces of lipstick but the camera had caught it all. Cat control law never abolished MOOSE JAW (CP) Cats can caterwaul and cavort anywhere they please, city council has found out. Council was told by its solicitor Ken Hodges that it can't pass a law controlling the tabbies because some 800 years ago King Henry II decreed that cats can't be controlled. By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON (CP) After the latest constitutional crisis in Northern Ireland, some observers here suspect that a vacuum in decision-making is beginning to develop among British officials charged with responsibility for Ulster. A two-day emergency debate in the British House of Commons on the break-up of the Ulster Assembly, a form of local government, has done little to build up hopes that a new British initiative may be under way. Newspapers and opposition spokesmen seem to agree that the Ulster situation has reached one of its most difficult stages in five years of turmoil and violence. Many politicians appear to share the view that there is little the British government can do to ease the difficulties except wait for events there to take their course. EFFORTS COLLAPSE The immediate cause for concern is the resignation last week of Brian Faulkner, the former chief executive in the Ulster Assembly. His departure means, in effect, the collapse of two years of British efforts aimed at securing a workable government arrangement in- cluding both Protestants and Roman Catholics. Faulkner found that his brand moderate Protestantism had little popular appeal when more extreme elements called a general strike in Northern Ireland and received an overwhelming response. The strike was directed against an agreement between the executive and the British government providing for a council of co-operation to be set up between the Irish republic and Ulster. The strikers also denounced the whole concept of power sharing. Their success forced the resignation of the executive and meant the collapse of the twin pillars of British policy in Ulster: reconciliation between the two communities and better relations with the republic. Now, Northern Ireland Secretary Merlyn Rees has taken direct control of the INUTE INSTALLATIONS SPRING SPECIAL Most 6 cylinder and small V8 single exhausts and Mercury 1954-64 1965-74 6 8 95 95 installed FREE! installed FREEI All Mufflers Not Covered By Sale Reduced (During Sale June 3-8) FREE INSPECTIONS AND ESTIMATES 3rd Avenue and 4th Street South Downtown Lethbridge area again and the British government is expected to retain full responsibility for at least four months. But the main view among observers here is that without clear-cut policies, the govern- ment runs the risk of forfeiting the initiative for change in Northern Ireland to the extreme Protestants who led the strike. If this were to happen, the consequences are difficult to predict. Some believe there is a remjte chance the Protestants would be willing to sit down with the Catholic- basec! li'.aii Republican Army and work out some form of compromise solution. If this happened, both communities might ask the British to pull out their troops and go home. Catholics and Protestants would then have to assume full responsibility for all their actions without the benefit of protection from the British Army. Some observers think this might produce a new kind of moderation in Ulster politics. But many experienced ex- perts say that while Britain might love to see this happen- ing, it remains highly unlikely. 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