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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, SAID IN BLACKPOOL TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THERE WOULD?

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    MR. WILSON SPEAKING AT THE CONGRESS (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: "AND IF IT WERE TO HAPPEN, WE AS A NATION MORE DEPENDENT THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER ON OVERSEAS TRADE, COULD WELL BE PLUNGED INTO A DEPRESSION SUCH AS WE HAVE NOT SEE IN THIS GENERATION, INTO WILD DEPRESSION, WHERE THE WORKLESS IN THIS COUNTRY MIGHT BE NUMBERED NOT AS 1 ???? - 2 PER CENT BUT AT 1 ???? - 2 MILLION. I KNOW WHAT WE ARE ASKING. I KNOW THE LOYALTIES AS WELL AS THE PRESSURES, THE DEEP INGRAINED TRADITIONS INHERITED FROM THE DEFENSIVE DAYS OF THIS MOVEMENT. IT IS HARD TO SAY IT, BUT WE CANNOT FIGHT THE PROBLEMS OF TOMORROW WITH THE RUSTY WEAPONS OF THE PAST. WE FACE NOW A NEW CHALLENGE - THE GREATEST I BELIEVE IN OUR PEACETIME HISTORY. FOR WHAT IS AT STAKE IS THE ABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY NOT ONLY TO PAY HER WAY, BUT TO PAY HER WAY AND MAINTAIN FULL EMPLOYMENT, TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND AND NOT TO BE PLUNGED INTO CRISIS BY EXPANDING, ABOVE ALL TO TURN INTO REALITY THE VISION THAT WE, AND THE VISION THAT THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US, HAVE FOUGHT FOR, AND WHICH IS NOW WITHIN OUR REACH, THE VISION OF A JUST SOCIETY, GENEROUS AND COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO NEED OUR COMPASSION, AND POWERFUL AND STEADFAST IN THE FIGHT FOR PEACE."




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    Background: MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, SAID IN BLACKPOOL TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THERE WOULD BE NO LET-UP IN HIS TOUGH DEFLATIONARY POLICIES UNTIL BRITAIN WAS PAYING ITS WAY AGAIN IN THE WORLD. THE PRIME MINISTER WAS SPEAKING BEFORE THE RULING LABOUR PARTY'S TRADE UNION CONGRESS, WHICH OPENED TODAY.

    THE PRIME MINISTER WAS DEFENDING HIS INVOKING A VOLUNTARY FREEZE ON WAGES AND PRICES BEFORE THE DELEGATIONS TO THE CONGRESS WHO REPRESENT SOME 9,000,000 WORKERS AGAINST THE WAGE FREEZE, DUE TO LAST TO THE END OF THE YEAR.

    MR. WILSON WARNED THAT WHATEVER THE OPPOSITION, HE WAS PREPARED TO USE LEGAL POWERS TO ENFORCE THE FREEZE. "OUR MEASURES HAVE BEEN TOUGH," HE DECLARED. "THEY HAVE ADMINISTERED A SHOCK - AS THEY WERE MEANT TO - TO THE ECONOMY AND TO THE WHOLE BRITISH PEOPLE." AT THE END OF HIS LONG SPEECH, WARNED AGAINST WHAT HE CALLED "PANIC ECONOMIC NATIONALISM" WITH ONE COUNTRY TRYING TO EXPORT ITS TRADE DEFICIT AND UNEMPLOYMENT TO ANOTHER. HE WENT ON...."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6W6IUVB2SDJ6RETSEJB24TQQ8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6W6IUVB2SDJ6RETSEJB24TQQ8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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