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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Canadian heads UN statistics office By M. A. FAKBEn New York News Service UNITED NATIONS, When Kikita Khrushchev wanted to demonstrate that socialist coun- tries were going to "overtake" capitalist societies, he brand- ished figures from the United Nations Statistical Office. When the Security Council wanted to measure the success of it sanc- tions against Rhodesian chrome, it called on the statistical of- fice. When Nigeria wanted an expert on census cartography, it 'got one from the statistical office. Turning to this influential of- fice has long been the thing to do here. But, outside of an ec- onomic elite, the office remain- ed little known and largely un- heralded. Its most impressive achieve- ment may be "a system of na- tional a deceptively bland, blue covered document that awes even its makers. The ivork, a bestseller among gov- ernments and people who real- ly appreciate a well built frame for figures, was judged one of the greatest social science research advances in this century and "the founda- tion for most economic devel- opment." Yet there are many other pioneering accomplishments of the statistical office. And, with the arrival of a new director, Simon A. Goldberg of Canada, the office is expected to venture dpply into such unrefined areas as "social where the concern is as much for the quality of life as it is for the growth of institutions. "Statistics has moved from a marginal place to the center of decision making in recent years." Dr. Goldberg said in an interviews. "And with this transformation has come an in- creasing interest among statis- ticians in synthesizing informa- lon about man and his life- cycle and what he does. "Much of this tte Polish bom, Harvard educat- ed statistician said, "focuses on the non-economic eoncommit- ants of economic development pollution, crime rales, edu- cational opportunities and so on and we're still at the edge of things in describing thsec con- ditions In numerical terms. "Yet, like a Gold- berg remarked, "If a country or a world doesn't know where it Is, it doesn't know where it can go." Goldberg, who is 57 years years old, is said to have, lit- erally and figuratively, helped bring order out of chaos at Sta- tistics Canada, the government bureau of which he was assist- ant chief. The office he now leads, a nonpartisan unit in a thoroughly political setting, is rat fragmented but it does serve many ends. The office, whose extensive and solid publications'are wide- ly used by educators and busi- nessmen as well as government bureaucrats, is the primary source of world data on trade, national accounts, industrial production, whoselsale prices and demography. It is liie office tnat gave the world the first comprehensive figures of per capita national income for countries, the first set of comparable index num- bers of industrial production for the market and centrally nlanned economies, and the first method for converting fig- ures on the gross product of goods and services of capital- ist and socialist economics. Goldberg said that the office had its critics "and what they he said, "can be summed up as 'more, belter and but that means your product is something they're veiling for." The quality Of (he office' work generally on Ma reliability of 'figures from na- tional slalistical bureaus which through their publications and responses io questionnaires, sup- ply most of the data used by the Unlled Nation office, and the caliber of the national bur- eaus, according to officials here varies markedly. Airline firm shows profi I VANCOUVER (CP) Pa- cific Western Airlines Ltd., the Vancouver based regional air- line that serves points In Brit- ish Columbia, Alberta nnd the Northwest Territories, an- nounced here n 3G.7 per cent In- crease In net earnings for the nine months ending Scpl. 30. The not wns com- pnrcd wilh for (he comparable 1571 period. Per Khnrc, the earnings were dilution through conver- sion of Class AA debentures nnd convcrlihlo preferred shares and dilution for Ihc ]wriod, compared with nnd for I IK 1971 period. WedntuJny, November 8, 1972 _ THE LETHBR1DGE HERALD 49 Despite murmurs of republicanism Queen still draws big crowds Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Street demonstrations urged against conflict TORONTO (CP) Bobby Scale, the Black Panther leader, has for massive street demonstrations across the Uni- ted States and Canada Nov. 18 demanding an end to war in Vietnam. 'We have to hit the streets on Nov. 18 whoever wins the U.S. presidential he said in a speech to 500 persons. "The one thing we've got to make people understand is that we're not just going to accept 3romises." Mr. Scale was in Toronto at .he invitation of the Student Mobilization Committee to End ire War in Southeast student group launched this week to co-ordinate the activi- ties of anti-war groups in Can- ada. He said the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, George McGovern, had promised to bring US., troops home from Vietnam within 90 days if elected. WANT DEMONSTRATIONS "That's he said, "but we mustn't just wait around on our bulls for 90 days to see if the promise is kept. We want massive demonstrations in the streets to show whoever is elected that we demand troop withdrawal." Mr. Seale told a news confer- ence that the Black Panthers had not specifically endorsed Senator McGovern, but they had "done a lot to oppose (President) Richard Nixon." The Panthers are "more in- terested in community action like our free-food programs and community that keep us in direct touch with the people." Asked if he had any plans to open a Black Panther Viapter in Canada he replied: 'We might as we spread out. We have no definite plans but we might as we move more and more into this kind of politics." IVOR BUOWN London Observer LONDON Britain will cele- brate the 25th anniversary of the Queen's wedding on Nov. 20 and it is certain that it will be an occasion of general re- joicing and genuinely cordial acclamation. There have in the past year been some com- plaints that "the royals" are ex- travagant and their establish- ments a burden to the nation. It is most improbable that these mutterings. limited to the ex- treme political left, rail be re- newed now. The recent student demonstration during a royal visit to Stirling University in Scotland involved a very small group and was disclaimed by a great majority of the students ard indignantly resented every- where. In "the age of the Com- mon Man" the monarchy is en- joying uncommon favor. It is interesting to look back over a 100 years and to dis- cover a strange centenary in the history of the Crown. In 1872 the radical MP for New- castle, Sir Charles Dilke, open- ly'expounded the case for a re- public to his constituents. In the House of Commons he de- manded a full scale inquiry Into Queen Victoria's expendi- ture and a drastic reform of the Civil List and its allowances to the royal family. W. E. Glad- stone, the prime minister, de- feated him, but Dilke was voic- ing the more quietly held opinions of some people in high places and in high society. NEGLECT? The Queen, they felt, had let them down by neglecting her public duties during her prolong- ed mourning for her husband, Prince Albert, who had died in 1861. She had secreted herself, had given up ceremonial appear- ances and was staying to long in her beloved Balmoral in the Highlands of Scotland. The lack of the gay "London Season" in early summer with its lavish entertaining did more than vex the smart set. It was bad for the costumiers and the luxury trades. The Queen's close and strange attachment to her domineering Scottish man-servant, the rugged and often alcoholic John Brown, was angrily criticized. That he slept in a room neighboring hers was a point freely and derisively noted in some scurri- lous London newspapers. On (he fringe of the respectable and dignified republicanism re- presented by Dilke there were scurrilous jibes. She outlived the rcsentment: Benjamin Disraeli, who had succeeded Gladstone in Down- ing Street, coaxed her to emerge as "a regular royal Queen' ard empress of India, restoring what would now be called her regal "image." In her old age the sumptuous celebration of her Golden and Diamond Jubi- lees with spectacular proces- sions and national festivities made her triumphantly popu- lar. "Too kind, too she mur- mured after her drives amid the cheering crowds. There was affectionate sympathy for Ih3 litUe old lady passing by" ths "Widow of so frail, so persistent. Republican- ism had been chvindlir.g for some years. New it was dead. LOSE VOTES It could not and did not re- turn. No Labor Party Confer- ence, however much dominated by the extremists, would think of passing a Republican resolu- tion. That would lose millions of votes. It is realized that the monarchy, whatever it costs, pays its way as a convenience. The long, contentious and some- times grotesquely silly cam- paigning of the American presi- dential elections have mads impossible any desire for a sim- ilar razz-ma-tazz in this coun- try. Our general elections are quile enough. The pollsters do not often bother to inquire about the popular valuation of the Monarchy. So the second Queen Eliza- beth, calmly brushing aside the insults at Stirling, went off wilh her husband and daughter to be the guest of President Tito in near Communist Yugoslav- ia, tactful and cheerful, as in all such frequent duties of her of- fice. There must be exhaustion in the constant maintenance of the smile and the readiness with the right vtord. Royal heads, feet and the much-shak- en hands must ache, whether the visit lie to a foreign potent- ate or to a factory at home. But there is not the slightest admission of fatigue. The royal procession to West- minster to open the new ses- sion of Parliament this week was walched by crowds of ap- plauding loyalisls, fascinated by the horsedrawn coach of stata and the uniforms of the House- hold Cavalry. To a lonely Re- publican realist il may seem to be "a load of old To the man, and particularly ths woman, in the street and to millions of television viewers it is a refreshing change to havo a glimpse of London without a motor car in sight and with its equestrian past put on popu- lar psii.de. The scarlet uni- forms "paint the town and the color is relished. MURMURS There may be recurrent mur- muring about unnecessary ex- travangance. But it is general- ly understood that the price of glamour and glitter is as much subject to inflation as the price of fish and chips. If there is waste on excessive entertain- ment when the Queen visits a city of a college it is not of her chDosing. She can contentedly waJfc and talk in a public street without miles of red carpet on the pavement. There is, some think, expendi- ture which might be discontin- ued. Is it .necessary for the Queen to maintain the vast and unsightly East Anglican man- sion of Sandringham which Ed- ward VII had bought in 1852 whan he was Prince of Wales? It is only rarely and briefly occupied. Queen Victoria's much loved Osborne in the Isle of Wight was abandoned by King Edward and turned into a convalescent home for officers in the fighting services. The huge garden behind Buck- ingham Palace is little used. A royal Garden Party needs only a slice of it. If the rest of it were given to the public as an eddiiion to 'Uis green islands" of Ihe capital, royal children would still have plenty of play- ground behind the Palace walls. (Observer Copyrighhl) Save on 40 sq. Smart sculptured carpet has extra pile weight. Wears better, longer. 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