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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Jun� 23, 1970 - THE lETHBRIDGI HERALD - i7 Agnew Blast Draws Fire Britain's Opinion Polls On Election In Trouble WASHINGTON (CP) - There was an expected flapping of ruffled senatorial featliers in the wake of the latest verbal attack by Vice-President S p i r o T. Agnew. The vice-pi-esident told a Republican dinner Ln Cleveland Satiu^ay that the Nixon adinin-istration, in attempting to solve the Southeast Asian crisis, needs no help from failures, defeatists, "summertime soldiers" and "sunshine patriots." The Nixon administration does not need advice on ending the Indochina war "from those who could neither end the war nor win it," Agnew said. "We are net going to heed the counsel of the Harrimans and Vances and Cliffords, whom his-torj' has branded as failures: and we are not going to heed the counsels of a Kennedy, a McGovern, a Fulbright or an O'Brien. "Most of them have admitted defeat so often and called for retreat so many times that one suspects they may now have developed a psychological addiction to an American defeat." Agnew told the $250-a-plate Ohio Republican fund-raising dinner. Senate Majority Leader' Mike Mansfield called today for an end to speeches which cause divisiveness and polarization. Jhe Montana Democrat said m an interview: "We ought to be keeping our voices low and doing all we can to bring the coimtry together and not doing things which increases divisiveness and polarization." B.VLLY BEHIND NIXON' Agnew said former pi-esident Lyndon B. Johnson and former state secretary Dean Rusic have rallied behind President Nixon's efforts to end the war. He criticized seven Democrats and Mayor .John Lindsay of New York, a Republican who won re-election as an independent, describing them as "summertime soldiers and . . . sunshine patriots." Sen. G^ge McGovern, South Dakota Democrat who opposes the Vietinam war. said Agnew's behavior was perhaps more damaging to U.S. strength and laiity than the actions of North Vietjiam. LONDON fCPi - Bnlain',s opinion polls may take years to recover from the general election fiasco. Some Britons wonder whether the pulse-takers will ever again be ti-usted as a reliable indicator af voter trends in a national election. The polls, whose main year-round job is doing market research, predicted a big Labor victory. Day after day, their reports, published in the national press, cast doubts on Edward Heath's campaign. In the Harold Wilson cmnp. the talk was mainly about the makeup of his cabinet after the uneven fight was over. Near the end. only one poll came faintly nrwr the- mark in estimating a tiny Lead for Con-sei-vative Leader Heath. But no one could give him any real hope that his campaign battle for Thursday's election was making any real impact on the electorate. While Heath's men Siaid their private surveys told a different story, the black headlinas shook the Tory strategists. Gambling organizations pasted such big odds favoring Labor that the betting almost dried up. With Heath now fimJy in-' .stalled as prime minister with a iso-seat majority in the 630-seat Com m 0 n s. the postmortem takes the form of a polls' lament that they made one fatal mistake-they didn't keep pressing their surveys tmtil the last minute. BANKED ON TURNOUT They bad expected a big turnout in the siirniy June 18 voting day, perhaps even bigger than the 75.85 per cent in 19fi6. In fact the turnout, at 72 -ler cent, was the lowest percentage since 1935. WUson figm-ed that was his undoing. A let 'Of Labor supporters bad stayed away, probably lulled by the pollsters' lullaby that the party was in no Communist East Europe Is Political Crazy-Quilt Queen's Printer Conti'act Lei EDMONTON (CP) - A. V. Carlson Construction Ltd. of Eklmonton has been awarded a $563,860 conti-act for' construction of a new Queen's Printer buOding at Edmonton, the Alberta government annoxuiced today. There were 12 unsuccessful bids. BUCHAREST (CPi - Communist East Europe is a polit- | ical crazy-quilt. Romania is tiding desperately to pursue an independent line on foreign pi;licy but has a SlaHnist domestic pohcy to prevent a Czech-like invasion by the Soviet Union. Hungary's foreign policy is Stalinist to placate Russia hut its domestic policy even allows foreigners to invest in the counti-y and take out capitalist profits. Yugoslavia is experimenting boldly with permutations and combinations of capitalism and Marxism. It openly admits all kinds of gastly errors and then plunges into a new set of economic experiments, clothing capitalist ventures in the dialetics of Leninism. By Communist standards, Yugoslavia is a wide-open society, though no open criti-cismi of President Tito or the Pai'tisan war effort during the Second World War is permitted. SHARP WELCOiMED When External Affairs .Minister Mitchell Sharp of Canada recently visited 'Yugoslavia and Romania, the two countries vied with each ether in their red-carpet treatment. The main object seemed to be to show their own citizens how independent they can be in the foreign policy field. The Romanians had the advantage in this game because Sha-rp visited tliem after the Yugoslavs. Tito saw Sharp for 75 minutes. So President Nico-lae Ceausescu of Romania saw him for 90 minutes. The Romanians counted the words in the Canada-Yugoslavia communique and made the Canada - Romania one a paragraph longer. Romania's higli-wire act in foreign policy is not only astonishing the world but the Romanians themselves-so far. Romania has managed to keep all foreign troops out of the country and was the only Warsaw pact nation not to participate in the Communist assault on Czechoslovakia in August, 1968. The Romanians say they feel tlie Czechs might have done better by fighting the Russians and imply they will do that if the Soviet Union walks in. To its apparent svirprise, the Communist administration in Romania has found thai it has more popular appeal Uian it judged possible because of its independent foreign policy line. But this has had a paradoxical effect. The Romanian government feels that it cannot loosen the domestic st.ring.-and thus engender more popular support for fear that any liberal movement might go as far as that in Czechoslovakia and brins on Russian invasion. Thus, domestic policj' is as hard as iron. Not the slightest incident must occur which would give the Russians an excuse to walk hi. Standing up to the Russians may be a morale-builder. But it is dangerous. Many Western diplomats here feel that something will have to giive-that Romania at least will have to allow the Warsaw pact countries to hold military manoeuvre's in the cnuntrj'. The Soviet - Romanian friendship treaty expired two years ago and Bucharest now is under great pressure from Moscow to sign a new treaty similar to the May Czechoslovakia-Russia agreement. This agreement lin-.its the sovereignty of a Moscow East European ally and consolidates StaUnist reaction to Al-e X a n d e r Dubcek's liberal movement. PURGES CONTINUE Party purges are continuing in Czechoslovakia. Job dismissal follows party expul-siMi. Compulsoi-y history courses" are given in Czech universities on 1967-70 events and the students ai-e not permitted to ask questions. This is the kind of thing Romania is trying ot avoid. Thus the trappings of Soviet-Romanian relations are all comradeship. For instance. Romania would like to let some of its 100.000 Jews emigrate to Israel. But it dare not now, given Russia's heavy support of Egypt. In Yugoslavia, there has never been much doubt that any Russian invasion would be resisted as strenuously as the German occupation in tire Second World War. It is a standard jcke that Russia has never smacked down Tito for his independence because it regards Yugoslavia, a loose collection of six republics, as ungovernable. Many westerners maintain that this joke is very neai- to if not tlie exact truth. Yugoslavia lost 1.700,000 killed during the Second World War. one-tenth of its then p'opuiation. The YugOiSlavs made life impossible for the occupying Germans though they probably killed more of each other than Germans in their savage Communisit-royalist concurrent civil war. BACK TO MOUNTAINS In any event it is taken for granted, by the Russians as well as everybody else, that the Yugoslavs would take to 'the mountains again for fierce guerriUa warf'ire if Russia invaded and tried to occupy the coiuntry. An official in Belgrade was asked whether a "friendship" agreement of the type signed by Prague and Moscow could ever be applied to Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia, he said, would not allow anyone to interfere in- its internal life. Tito has been busy setting up the third conference of non-aligned nations to be held in Lusaka, Zambia, late this summer. Foreign Minister Mirko Te-pavac had a bit of verbal sport with Mr. Sharp about Canada's reduction of NATO troops in Europe and the Arctic sovereignty a-gument with the United States. He suggested iihat it is about time that Canada shifted into the non-aligned camp. The Y'ugoslavs say they want to be treated like West-em Em-opeans. This request to Canada, for one, is a bit (rf an embairass-ment. WANT VISAS DROPPED As an example, Yugoslavia wants to get rid of tllie bothersome visa wMch Canadians must obtain before they visit YugO'siaviai-and 32,000 Canadians visited Yugoslavia last year. Yugosla-vaa retains the nsa only because Canada does. Canada originally required visas from Yugoslavs as a security measure. Now there is the slightly ludicrous spectacle of a Oora-munist country asking a Noi'th American country to abolish a security routine. Canada has promised to look into the m'atter. About the only issue on which the Russians appear able to unite the East Europeans is hatred of Gennany. Tlie issue is turned on and off as Moscow feels necessary. There appear to be remark-abie few incidents between tlie floods of German tourists and Yugoslavs. An official of the city government of Rijeka, the coun-trj''s biggest port and centre of a huge tourist region, said a new generation of Yugoslavs and Germans does not pursue old grudges. But nevertheless his eyes and the eyes of his woman in-tei-preter filled with tears. CANADIAN SYMBOL - Prime Minister Truneau models a new hat made from prime Canadian beaver fur. The locally made hot was one of two presented by the City of Guelph at his stop there. Mr. Trudeau said he doesn't often wear hats because they are "so delicate and precious." trouble and perhaps e\en by Wilsons own tune of economic sunshine. Some analysts take an opposite view. They suggest that if more voters had turned up at the booths, they would have increased the Tory margin. One commentator bases this argument on trends in constituencies with liny majorities. In some, the turnout drop was small but support for Labor still lagged far behind. If more voters who usually support Labor had turned up, they still would have voted for the Tory candidate, he concludes. Why, tl-.en, had the opinion polls stumbled so badly? Did the voters hoodwink them, telling inten'iewers one thing while s e c r e c 11 y determined to do something else? NEEDED PINPOINTING One of the polls concludes that the interviewers sbculd have made a harder attempt to pin the voter down, to say how strongly he felt about vofeg for a certain party or a certam candidate. But even this excuse may rot account for the fact that during the campaign, one reputable poll estimated that Wilson would get a huge majority of perhaps lliO seats. The voters may have been fickle, perhaps favoring one leader one day and then swinging to the other side later. Some analysis believe that was the case. Wilson had continually painted a rosy picUns vf the economy while Heath charged him with dsceit. Then, suddenly, just a week before the voting, the monthly trade figures showed a foT-eign trade delicil. Wilson assurfd voters it was nothing to worry a b o u t --0 n e month's figures didn't indicate a trend. But analysts suggest most voters in Britain wouldn't really know what the figiu'es meant. They knew what had happened in 1965 and in 1966 and 1967. Continual deficits in trade had led to loss of confidence in the pound and finally to devaluation and the economic freeze. i Was this to happen again? j Heath, portrayed by his party ; as the angel fighting Satan, as-; sured themii that it could happen ; again if they voted Labor. I Uneasiness about the trade figures may have raised voter doubts about Wilson's syrupy words. �FIGURES RELEASED : Then came unemploymen' tig-' jures on election day, reporting. i as the Tories bad predicted, ! that while June jobless totals were down from May. they still , I were the highest for any June in ! I 30 years. It is therefore possible that, Wilson may have lost the election on one month's trade figures. One Labor party official is reported to have tried to convince Wilson to hold the election an June 11, so that vote would come before the government's economic reports were due. Wilson is reported to have turned this down as evidently too hasty. 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