With the general elections less than a week away (June 18), and a newspaper strike preventing political reporting, runners in the British Parliamentary stakes have stepped up their campaigning.
With the general elections less than a week away (June 18), and a newspaper strike preventing political reporting, runners in the British Parliamentary stakes have stepped up their campaigning. Leading the field with personal appearances are Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Opposition Leader Edward Heath.
British newspapers, before the strike, were critical of the slanging match which was developing between the two men. Their daily news conferences were described as being of little importance when it came to policy, but an exercise in sarcasm and cynicism.
So far there have been more than just words thrown at the two leaders. Both men have been pelted with eggs and fruit during their campaigning. An end to such incidents and the conviction that the newspaper strike was a severe blow to the campaign are about the only issues the men have agreed on since the electioneering began.
Three major themes have developed. Industrial relations, the wages explosion and a possible autumn financial crisis. Mr. Heath and Mr. Wilson have repeatedly brought these topics up during their speeches across the nation. Both men are fighting tooth and nail to win control of the country. They have toured constituencies which could swing either way in the election, made speeches and gone into the streets with the local candidate to meet the people.
Opinion polls at the moment give Labour a lead over the Tories and predict the Government will be returned with a majority of about 60 seats.