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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, June 7, 1073 Pages 27-32 In British politics it's honor where honor is due (providing the price is right) DAVID LLOYD GEORGE By TOM CULLEN LONDON (NEA) The British are taking a "holier- than-thou" attitude towards the Watergate affair, but they have no cause to throw up their hands in horror. If one accepts that corrupt methods of raising campaign funds are inculded in the scandals that are rocking the Nixon administration, then American politicians have nothing to teach their British cousins. British political campaigns have been financed by du- bious methods for as far back as anyone can remember. The teamsters union may have contributed their mite to President Nixon's campaign for re-election, but here the British Labor party is sub- sidized outright by the trade unions, which makf a politi- cal levy on their members for this purpose. The Conservative party, in turn, gets sizable contri- butions from big business. Although it isn't discussed openly, both parties have raised money by selling peer- ages and other royal honors in the past, and no doubt they will resort to this means in the future. Worst offender in this re- spect was David Lloyd George, Britain's prime min- ister during World War I, EDWARD HEATH who raised an estimated million by flogging knight- hoods and baronetcies to the highest bidders. The slush fund, incidentally, was in his name and not in that of the Coalition Liberal party which he headed. "If Lloyd George chooses to fritter away the entire S15 million at the roulette tables of Monte Carlo he has a per- fect right to do so an eminent British lawyer ruled at the time. CLEANER Lloyd George, in turn, de- fended the sale of royal hon- ors as being far cleaner than the methods American politi- cians employed. "In he told one of his cronies, "the steel trusts :l pport one political party, and the cotton people support another. This places political parties under the domination of great financial interests and trusts." be pointed out, "a man gives pounds (about to the party and gets a baronetcy. If he comes to the leader of the party and says, I subscribe largely to the party funds, you must do this or that, we can tell him to go to hell." Lloyd George was not the first British prime minister to sell titles, but he was the first to establish a price scale. Knighthoods, which are not hereditary, sold for baronetcies, which can be handed on from father to son for to peer- ages fetched as much as because they entit- led the holder to a seat in the House of Lords. GLITTERING Barons are the lowest rung on the glittering ladder of the peerage, followed by vis- counts, earls, marquesses and dukes. No one has ever suggested that Lloyd George sold duke- doms (only one dukedom has been offered this cenutry, and that was to Winston Church- ill, who turned it How- ever, Lloyd George did a business in baronies, and some of the viscountcies he created are suspect. Lloyd George also broke new ground by distributing honors to exconvicts, and us- ing them to bribe the press. In fact, the whole honors system became so debased under his administration that writers like Thomas Hardy, Bernard Shaw, Arnold Ben- nett and H, G. Wells refused titles. Harold Wilson, Britain's Labor prime minister from 1964 to 1970, broke with tra- dition when he announced The Lethbridge Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ Identify this West European leader. 5 POINTS HOW DO YOU RATE? n to 80 permt Good. tl to 100 potato TOP SCOftQ (1 M 70 pdnti II to 90 palm bottom. M or UndwT tl- H'mml FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What should Canada's role In NATO be? YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 for each correct answer. 1 The Provincial government has awarded a grant to a group of university (students to research and promote tourist Interest In the Beluga whales at Churchill, which Is located In northern.. a-Brittsh Columbia b-Manitoba c-Newfoundland 2 Gerald Pelletler eald the federal government will turn to the courts, if necessary, to try to prevent Quebec from taking complete control of In that province. a-aliports b-health care c-cable television 8 President Nixon recently said he favors start- ing negotiations with Ottawa to build a trans- Canada oil pipeline. Has he given up on his efforts to have a trans-Alaska pipeline built? 4 Britain and Iceland have been In the news for dispute Involving (CHOOSE ONE: fishing, oil 6 Britain and the U.S. vetoed a. United Nations resolution that called for a partial trade ban against South Africa and territories in Africa. a-Portugal's b-former French c-Arab PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....veracity 2.....tenacity 3.....allegation 4.....precipice 6.....anomaly a-somethlng irregular or abnormal b-clalm not supported by evidence c-truthfulness d-perslstence e-edge of a dangerous situation PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. l.....Earl Jelllco 2.....Charles Conrad i-Unlon Nationals leader 0-Parti Quebecols leader 3.....Robert Stanfleld e-Skylab commander 4.....Rene Levesque 6.....Gabriel Loubler 64-73 d-Progressive vative leader e-resigned cabinet poet In British scandal VEC, inc. STUDENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for Exams. that henceforth honors would be given for public service irrespective of political par- ty. However, in his six years in office he created no fewer than 140 life peers, increasing the membership of the House of Lords by 12 per cent. BREAK RULE Breaking his own rule, Wil- son doled out knighthoods to his press secretary and to his doctor, among others. When Edward Heath, the Conservative party prime minister, came to power in 1970 he restored the practice of awarding honors for politi- cal services rendered. Thus In January, 1972 he recommended for a knight- hood a prominent industrial- ist who had contributed million to the European Movement, a pro-Common Market cause that is dear to Heath's heart. A cynic sums op the situa- tion thus: "Politics are financ- ed in Britain much the same as in America, only our meth- ods are less crude." Skylab wardrobe Astronauts wardrobe on the Skylab mission Includes three on the familiar space suit theme. Composite photo shows, left, pressure gar- ment assembly; centre, suit with integrated thermal micrometeroid garment and Intravehiqular gloves worn inside the Apollo spacecraft and during some Jn the orbital workshop, and, right, suit with extravehicular worn during space-walking. The glorious beer of Copenhagen ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE AT REGULAR PRICES Now brewed in Alberta Carlsbcrghaslongbeentheworld'smost exported Lager beer. Now Carlsberg, this glorious beer of Copenhagen, is brewed right here in Alberta. And because it's now brewed here, you can enjoy Carlsberg at regular prices. Carlsberg brewed with all the skill and tradition of Denmark to the taste of Canadian beer drinkers. Discover Carlsberg for yourself. Canadian Breweries Alberta Vil COPENHAGEN city of beautiful towers ;