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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tu.tdoy, 39, 1973 THC UTHMIDGE HERALD 13 Jellico scandal won't harm Heath government By ROD CURRIE LONDON (CP) Whatever the eventual extent of damage, Prime Minister Heath appears to have gained much political. and public agreement that he i actly promptly and openly to j purge his government of the peers-and-prostitutes scandal, j Of course, some of his parlia-' mentary critics, in giving him high marks for his frank state- ment in the House of Commons, maintain he had little choice in the matter. From a political viewpoint it was advantageous for him to act quickly and openly. In the same way, many ob- servers feel that Opposition Leader Harold Wilson also showed prudence in casting aside the obvious temptation to exploit a juicy political scandal. Some political experts suggest Wilson followed the wisest course. An attempt at ex- ploitation might have backfired since the character and person- ality Of Heath himself doesn't show any acceptable link with high-living. As the Financial Times put it: "The Jellicoe-Lambton affair will not seriously harm the gov- the reason is not primarily that no secrets or blackmail were involved, or even that the prime minister i has acted with adroitness and Cartoonists helped Stanfield enter federal politics decision. What is far more OTTAWA (CP) The way Robert Stanfield tells it. two editorial cartoonists in Nova Scotia helped give him the impetus to enter federal poli- tics. "They revealed to me that I had the kind of bony anatomy that they could really do a job on. the Progressive Con- servative leader told the As- sociation of American Edito- rial Cartoonists. "After being in Ottawa for five years, I must say you've never properly expressed your gratitude for all the raw material I've provided you. Mr. Stanfield's dry humor had the cartoonists howling with laughter at their closing dinner. Guild files application WINNIPEG (CP) The Ca- nadian region of the Newspaper Guild announced today it has filed an application the M a n i t o b a Labor Relations Board for certification as bar- gainin.s agent for editorial and advertising employees of Winni- peg Free Press. Canadian Director Robert J. K'jpert said the was filed today after a weekend or- ganizing drive in which more than 86 per cent of the esti- mated 165 eligible employees signed membership application cards. I He scolded the Canadians In the group for "still doing car- I toons of me with one drooping eyelid. He said he had the other eyelid lowered "for those car- toonists with a passion for symmetry. On the other harxl. Mr. Stanfield said he was pleased to see that cartoons of him featuring underwear and ba- nanas have been "gradually subsiding in number. The first is a reference to his fam- ily's underwear firm, the sec- ond to a television shot of him during a 1967 Conservative leadership race munching a banana. SLIPS SHOW "I was getting concerned about underwear being cheap- ened through overexposure, he punned. As it was, cartoon- ists" knew little about the sub- ject. "I have to tell you tbat when it comes to underwear, our slips are really show- ing'. Mr. Stanfield told the car- toonists they seemed to be hung up on his eyebrows and said he appeared to be por- trayed mainly as a "modest, self-effacing, sort of laughable threat to the future of Can- ada. That, was not, true. The only modest person in the Com- mons was Prime Minister Trudeau who, instead of using his old line of "like it or lump it" when opposition MPs are unhappy with legislation, now tells the New Democrats to "like it or we'll dump it. i. >c- of the latest styles and colors. For the Nev-'esl come to Opnn Thursday Till 9 p.m. WORLD OF SHOES 317A 6th STREET DOWNTOWN If you Nab the values! Roundup double-barreled bargains from an inventory of miilions of doilars! 2 days important is the fact that this particular scandal not in character with the govern- ment." LOFOS LASHED Indeed, except for some back- bench suggestion that the in- cident reflected on Heath's judgment in selecting ministers, most criticism centred on the two hapless lords who resigned after admitting associations with call-girls. Even then, it was tinged with sympathy. The weekly Economist sum- med up the general British pub- lic reaciton to the escapades of Lords Lambton and JellicOe by observing: "If they really'believed they could carry on with call-girls without someone making it pub- lic knowledge eventually, they were incredibly arrogant, abys- mally naive or just very, very silly. And these are not quali- ties anyone hopes to find in ministers, particularly cabinet ministers." If, in the light of anticipated new disclosures, Heath's assur- ance that national security has not been breached is borne out, then his party is likely to es- cape with minimal loss 01 Sup- port among the more straight- laced Tory supporters. ATTENTION DIVERTED Ironically, while the call-girl story has attracted wide atten- tion, Heath's government finds far more damaging a sort of mini-scandal that has attracted little attention outside Britain. Named the "Lonrho affair" after a company of that name with extensive mining interests in Africa, it is a complex drama which opened the cur- tain on highliving and tax-haven payments within big business. It came at the worst possible time for Heath, just after he had been campaigning up and down the country and admon- ishing teachers, miners, raii- waymen and others that it was their duty to accept wage re- straints and to economize. This, more than the sex story, provided Wilson with a handy issue to attack the Con- "evil as one Tory put it. j It was easy for Wilson to draw scathing comparisons be- tween company directors earn- ing consulting fees of and then feeding them through tax-free havens abroad, while a miner at the coal face pays tax on every penny he earns. Heath agreed the affair pre- sented "the unacceptable face of capitalism." His awareness of the political threat from Lon- rho was underlined by his haste in accelerating an investigation into the whole question of big- business manoeuvring. THE RCrtfAL BANK OF CANADA lad. 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