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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, 33, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERMD 17 .Agnew Blast Draws Fire Britain's Opinion Polls On Election In Trouble WASHINGTON (CP) There was an expected flapping of ruf- fled senatorial feathers in the wake of the latest verbal attack by Vice-President S p i r o T. Agnew. The vice-president told a Re- publican dinner in Cleveland Saturday that the Nixon admin- isti'ation, in attempting to solve the Southeast Asian crisis, needs no help from failures, de- featists, "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 Agnew said. "We are net going to heed the counsel of Hie Harrhnans and Vances and Cliffords, whom his- tory 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 de- veloped a psychological addic- tion to an American defeat." Agnew told the 5250-a-plate Ohio Republican fund-raising dinner. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield called today for an end to speeches which cause divisiveness and polarization. The Montana Democrat said in an interview: "We ought to he keeping our voices low and doing all we can to bring the country together and not doing things which in- creases divisiveness and polari- zation." BEHIND MXO.N" Agnew said former president Lyndon B. Johnson and former stale secretary Dean Rusk have rallied behind Presidenl Nixon's efforts to end the war. He criticized seven Demo- crats and Mayor John Lindsay of New York, a Republican who won re-election as an independ- ent, describing them as "sum- mertime soldiers and sun- shine patriots." Sen. GAu-ge McGovern. South Dakota Democrat who opposes the Vietnam war. said Agnew's behavior was perhaps more damaging to U.S. strength and unity than the actions of North Vietnam. LONDON" (CD Britain's opinion polls may take years to recover from the general elec- tion fiasco. Some Britons won- der whether the pulse-lakers will ever again be trusted as a reliable indicator of voter trends in a national election. The polls, whose main year- round job is doing market re- search, predicted a big Labor victory. Day after day, their re- in the national press, cast doubts on Edward Heath's campaign. In the Harold Wilson ciinip, the talk was mainly about the makeup of his cabinet after the uneven fight was over. i Near the end. only one poll came faintly near the-mark in estimating a tiny lead for Con- servative Leader Heath. But no one could Rive him any real hope that his campaign battle for Thursday's election was making any real impact on the electorate. While Heath's men said their private surveys told a different story, the black headlines shsck the Tory strategists. Gambling organizations such big odds favoring Labor that Ihe betting almost dried up. With Heath now firmly in- stalled as prime minister with a 30-seat majority in the BSD-seal Common s. the postmortem takes the form of a polls' la- ment thai they made one fatal m i s t a k j h e y didn't keep pressing their surveys until the last minute. HANKED ON TUHNOVT They had expected a big turn- out in the sunny June voting day, perhaps even bigger than the 75.85 per cenl in 19BO. In fact the turnout, at 72 cent, was the lowest percentage since 1935. Wilson figured that was his undoing. A let of Labor sup- porters had stayed away, proba- bly lulled by the pollsters' lull- aby that the party was in no Communist East Europe Crazy-Quilt Queen's Printer Contract Lei EDMONTON (CP) A. V. Carlson Construction Ltd. of Edmonton has been awarded a contract for construc- tion of a new Queen's Printer building at Edmonton, tbe Al- berta government announced t o d a y. There were 12 unsuc- cessful bids. BUCHAREST (CPi Com- munist East Europe is a polit- ical crazy-quilt. Romania is trying desper- ately to pursue an independ- ent line on foreign policy but has a Stalinist domestic policy to prevent a Czech-like inva- sion by the Soviet Union. Hungary's foreign policy is Stalinist to placate Russia but its domestic policy even al- lows foreigners to invest in the country and take out capi- talist profits. Yugoslavia is experimenting boldly permutations and combinations of capitalism and Marxism. It openly ad- mits all kinds of gastly errors and Ihen plunges into a now set of economic experiments, clothing capitalist ventures in the dialetics of Leninism. By Communist standards. Yugoslavia is a wide-open so- ciety, though no open criti- cism of President Tito or the Partisan war effort during the Second World War is permit- ted. SHARP WELCOMED When External Affairs .Min- ister Mitchell Sharp of Can- ada recently visited Yugosla- via and Romania, the two countries vied 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 ad- vantage in this game because Sharp visited them after the Yugoslavs. Tito saw Sharp for 75 minutes. So President Nicp- lae Ceausescu of Romania saw him for SO minutes. The Romanians counted the words in the Canada-Yugosla- via communique and made the Canada Romania one a paragraph longer. Romania's high-wire act in foreign policy is not only as- tonishing the world but Ills Romanians 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, The Romanians say they fesl the Czechs might have done better by fighting the Russians and imply they will do that if tile Soviet Union walks in. To its apparent surprise, the Communist administration in Romania has found that it has more popular appeal than it judged possible because of its independent foreign polic} line. But this has had a paradoxi- cal effect. The Romanian gov- ernment feels that it cannot loosen the domestic string.- acd thus engender mere popu- lar support for fear that any liberal movement might go as far as that in Czechoslovakia and brill" on Russian inva- sion. Thus, domestic policy is as hard as iron. Not the slightest incident must occur .vhich would give the Russians excuse to walk in. Standing up to the Russians may be a morale-builder. But it is dangerous. Many Western diplomats here feel that some- thing will have to Romania at least will have to allow the Warsaw pact coun- tries to hold military manoeu- vres in the country. The Soviet Romania; friendship 'treaty expired two years ago and Bucharest now is under great pressure from Moscow lo sign a new treaty similar to the May Czechoslo- vakia-Russia agreement. This agreement lhr.its the sovereignty of a Moscow East European ally and consoli- dates Stalinist reaction to Al- ex a n d e r Dubcek's liberal movement. PURGES CONTINUE Party purges are continuing in Czechoslovakia. Job dis- missal follows party expul- sion. Compulsory history courses' are given in Czech universities on 1937-70 events and the students are not per- mitted to ask questions. This is the kind of thing Ro- mania is trying ot avoid. Thus the trappings of Soviet-Ro- manian relations are all com- radeship. For instance. Romania would like to let some of its 100.000 Jews emigrate to Is- rael. But it dare not now, given Russia's heavy support of Egypt. In Yugoslavia, there has never been much dcubt that any Russian invasion would be resisted as strenuously as the German occupation in the Second World War. It is a standard jcke that Russia has never smacked down Tito tor his independ- ence because it regards Yugo- slavia, a locse collection ot' six republics, as ungovernable. Many westerners maintain that this joke is very near to if not the exact truth. Yugoslavia lost killed during the Second World War. one-tenth of its then population. The Yugoslavs made life impossible for the occupying Germans though they proba- bly killed more of each other than Germans in their savage Communist-royalist concur- rent 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 guerrilla warfare if Russia in- vaded and tried to occupy the country. An official in Belgrade was asked whether a "friendship" agreement of the type signed by Prague and Moscow caiild 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 Arc- tic sovereignty argument with the United States. He suggested that it is about time that Canada shifted into the non-aligned camp. The Yugoslavs say they want to be treated like West- ern Europeans. This request to Canada, for one, is a bit of an embarrass- ment. WANT VISAS DROPPED As an example. Yugoslavia wants to get rid of the bother- some visa which Canadians must obtain before they visit Cana- dians visited Yugoslavia last year. Yugoslavia retains the visa only because Canada does. Canada originally required visas from Yugoslavs as a se- curity measure. Now there is the slightly lu- dicrous spectacle of a Com- munist country asking a North American country to abolish a security routine. Canada has promised to look into the matter. About the only issue on j which the Russians appear j able to unite the East Euro- peans is liatred ol Germany. The issue is turned on and off as Moscow feels necessary. There appear to be remark- able few incidents between he floods of German tourists and Yugoslavs. An official of the city gov- ernment of Rijeka, the coun- ry's biggest port and centre of a huge tourist region, said new generation of Yugu- .vs and Germans does not mrsue old grudges. But nevertheless his eyes and the eyes of his woman in- .erpreter filled with tears. trouble and perhaps even by i Wilson's own tune of economic j sunshine. Some analysts lake an oppos- ite view. They suggest thai if more voters had turned up al the booths, they would have in- creased the Tory margin. One commentator bases this argu- ment on trends in constituencies will) tiny majorities. In some, the turnout drop was small hut j support for Labor still lagged i far behind. If more voters who usually support Labor had turned up, they still would have voted for the Tory candidate, he con- cludes. Wily, then, hod the opinion polls stumbled sa badly? Did the voters hoodwink them, tell- ing interviewers one thing while secrectly determined to do something else? NEEDED PINPOINTING One of the polls conclude: that the interviewers should have made a harder attempt to pin-the voter down, to say how strongly he felt about voting for a certain party or a certain unn-1 pound and finally to devaluation didate. and the economic freeze. CANADIAN SYMBOL Prime Minister Truneou models o new hat made from prime Canadian beaver fur. The locally made hal 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." laiuidiaii Film Wins Award AI Festival SAN ANTONIO. Tex. (CP- AP) Flight, a documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada, was named best short subject in award cer- emonies cf the HemisFilm festival here. Comedian Mario Moreno of Mexico, known professionally as Cantiflas, and a British film, Oh! What a Lovely War. re- ceived top honors at the inter- national film festival, held an- nually by St. Mary's University. The grand award for artistic contributions to comedy was presented in absentia to Mor- eno, who was unable to attend. Oh! What a Lovely War was Judged the best feature film. But even this excuse may pot account for (he fact that during the campaign, one reputable poll estimated that Wilson would get a huge majority of perhaps 150 seals. The voters may have heen fickle, perhaps Was this to happen again? Heath, portrayed by his as (lie angel lighting Satan, as- sured thorn that it could happen again if they voted Labor. Un- easiness about the trade figures may have raised voter doubts favoring one leader one day and Wilson's syrupy words. then swinging to the other side FlGUItKS HELEASKO Then came uiiemploymen' fig- ures on election day. reporting, as the Tories had predicted. later. Seme analysts believe that was the case. Wilson had contin- ually painted a rcsy cf that while June jobless toials the e c o n o m y while Heath charged him with deceit. Then, suddenly, just a week before the voting, the monthly trade figures showed a foreign trade delicil. were down from May. (hey slil were the highest for any June in 30 years. H is therefore possible 'bat Wilson may have lo-t the elec- errrnnur irporls hut i ihf.n's mvn campaign jine, as e.-fiiH' for thr defeat. 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