• Short Summary

    A MIDNIGHT VIEW OF THE STATE OF THE PARTIES IN THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION - FROM THE CENTRE OF LONDON, TRAFALGAR SQUARE.

  • Description

    A MIDNIGHT VIEW OF THE STATE OF THE PARTIES IN THE BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION - FROM THE CENTRE OF LONDON, TRAFALGAR SQUARE. NO TOURISTS, NO PIGEONS. BUT A LOT OF RAIN AND SOME 2,000 OF HER MAJESTY'S SUBJECTS. THEY GATHERED JUST THREE HOURS AFTER POLLING STATIONS CLOSED TO WATCH THE RESULTS GO UP ON BIG SCOREBOARDS. ONE OR TWO IN HIGH SPIRITS JUMPED INTO THE FOUNTAIN BASINS. THE OTHERS, MORE SOBER, PONDERED ON THE FORTUNES OF THE NATION'S TWO POLITICAL GIANTS. THE ONE RUN BY SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, GENTLEMAN FARMER WITH 57 FARMS IN SCOTLAND. THE OTHER, BY JAMES HAROLD WILSON, 13 YEARS YOUNGER AND ONCE, IN THE 1947 LABOUR CABINET, THE YOUNGEST BRITISH MINISTER OF THE CENTURY.

    THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR KEPT THE CROWDS IN THE RAIN GUESSING. NO PARTY IN MODERN TIMES IN BRITAIN HAD WON A GENERAL ELECTION FOUR TIMES RUNNING.

    THE LONDON "TIMES" CONSIDERED THE QUESTION TOO. WHILE HOPING THE MINORITY LIBERALS WELL, IT SAID THE CHOICE WAS BETWEEN SIR ALEC WHO HAD NO NOTABLE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A REFORMER BUT WHO HAD A STRONG TEAM...AND MR. WILSON WHO WAS UNDOUBTEDLY A REFORMER BUT WHO HAD HARDLY A TEAM AT ALL.

    BY MIDNIGHT, ONE NOTED HEAD HAD FALLEN IN THE BATTLE - THAT OF PATRICK GORDON WALKER, LABOUR'S SHADOW FOREIGN SECRETARY WHO HAS TWICE ACCOMPANIED MR. WILSON ON HIS VISITS TO THE SOVIET UNION. BUT THE ELECTRONIC COMPUTERS IN THE NATION'S TELEVISION AND RADIO NETWORKS WERE ALREADY FORECASTING THAT, WHEN PARLIAMENT OPENS ON NOVEMBER 3RD THE LEADER OF HER MAJESTY'S NEXT OPPOSITION WOULD BE SIR ALEC, 14TH EARL OF HOME, AND PRIME MINISTER FOR 9 MONTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZKPI675AWI5DRJVSDYKO9LE8
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZKPI675AWI5DRJVSDYKO9LE8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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