• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, TONIGHT (MONDAY) MADE HIS FIRST MAJOR SPEECH SINCE TAKING OFFICE THREE WEEKS AGO.

  • Description

    1.
    TV INT. GUESTS SEATED IN GUILDHALL
    0.06

    2.
    CV LORD MAYOR AND GUESTS
    0.17

    3.
    CV MR BUTLER SEATED
    0.21

    4.
    GV AUDIENCE APPLAUDS
    0.26

    5.
    CV SIR ALEC SPEAKS SOF STARTS:"THE MESSAGE WHICH HE WILL...SOF ENDS...LEAD THE WORLD INTO THIS NEW WAY"
    3.40

    6.
    GV AUDIENCE APPLAUDS
    3.44


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: SIR ALEC: "THE MESSAGE WHICH HE WILL HAVE TO TAKE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCILS IN WHICH HE TAKES PART IS A MESSAGE THAT MEN MUST STOP FIGHTING WARS; THAT THEY MUST GIVE UP THINKING IN TERMS OF SETTLING DISPUTES BY WAR. AND IF I MAY SAY SO WITH RESPECT TO MR KHRUSHCHEV, STATESMEN OF THE WORLD CANNOT USE WORDS LIKE 'OVER OUR DEAD BODIES' BECAUSE THAT MEANS WAR. AND ALL OUR DIFFERENCES, INCLUDING THOSE STUBBORN DIFFERENCES OVER BERLIN, MUST BE SETTLED BY NEGOTIATION, HOWEVER LONG THE NEGOTIATION MAY LAST -- BECAUSE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE BEFORE MEN. IT WAS ONCE SAID IN AN OLD DICTUM THAT WAR WAS A CONTINUATION OF POLICY BY OTHER MEANS. WELL, THAT HAS CEASED IN THE 20TH CENTURY TO HAVE ANY MEANING AT ALL.



    "I BELIEVE THAT THE TRUTH ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR IS NOW AS CLEAR TO MR. KHRUSHCHEV AS IT IS TO US. HIS OPEN RENUNCIATION OF THE USE OF WAR AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POLICY ALMOST AMOUNTS TO NEW DOCTRINE AND ALMOST AMOUNTS, I BELIEVE, TO A TOTAL RE-THINKING OF SOVIET PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF COMMUNISM. THE EMERGENCE OF CHINA, ALONG A LARGELY UNDEFENDED FRONTIER; THE FAILURE OF CUBA -- WHICH IS THE FACT, IN FACT, OF FAILURE FOR THE USE OF FORCE AND BLACKMAIL; THE URGENT QUESTIONS OF ECONOMIC PRIORITY WITHIN THE SOVIET UNION WHERE PEOPLE ARE TASTING AND WANT MORE OF THE FULLER LIFE -- ALL BRINGS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.



    "AND IF THEREFORE WAR, WHICH HAS BEEN A TRADITIONAL METHOD BY WHICH WE HAVE SETTLED OUR DISPUTES, OR TRIED TO SETTLE THEM FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME, IS TO BE RULED OUT OF ORDER NOW -- CERTAINLY BY THE MAJOR POWERS -- AND IF THE AGGRESSIVE INSTINCT IS TO GIVE PLACE TO SELF-PRESERVATION, THEN AGAIN MR. BUTLER WILL GO OUT INTO THE COUNCILS OF THE WORLD AND ASK PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO TURN THEIR THINKING BACK ON ITS TRACKS FULL CIRCLE.



    "IT WILL NOT BE EASY FOR THE COMMUNISTS TO DROP FORCE FROM THEIR PROGRAMME, BUT IT MUST BE DONE. IT WILL NOT BE EASY FOR ANY OF US - AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN GUILTLESS IN EUROPE OVER MANY CENTURIES - TO PUT OUT BAD HABITS BEHIND US, BUT IT MUST BE DONE AND IN LEADING THIS CRUSADE THE FOREIGN SECRETARY WILL HAVE, I KNOW, THE SACKING OF THE WHOLE BRITISH PEOPLE BECAUSE ALL OUR EXPERIENCE IN DIPLOMACY AND OUR INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS OVER THE CENTURIES I THINK GIVE US NOT ONLY THE RIGHT BUT THE DUTY TO LEAD THE WORLD INTO THIS NEW WAY."




    Initials IT/BBC/CR/SCM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME, TONIGHT (MONDAY) MADE HIS FIRST MAJOR SPEECH SINCE TAKING OFFICE THREE WEEKS AGO.DELIVERED AT THE BANQUET OF LONDON'S NEW LORD MAYOR, ALDERMAN CLEMENT HARMAN, IT CAME ON THE EVE OF PARLIAMENT'S RETURN FOR ITS LAST SESSION BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION.

    SIR ALEC, SPEAKING ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, PAID TRIBUTE TO HIS SUCCESSOR AS FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR.R.A.BUTLER, WHOM HE SAID WOULD HAVE TO CONDUCT "PERHAPS THE BIGGEST DIPLOMATIC OPERATION OF ALL TIME"...

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LRY5U58PK2DQKJLLI12D8A9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LRY5U58PK2DQKJLLI12D8A9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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