Britain's Premier, Harold Macmillan, arrived in New York Sept 26 to attend and address the 15th United Nations General Assembly.
TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "What contribution do you think Prime Minister Macmillan will be able to make?"
1st man; "I really think that he will be able to pacify Khrushchev and get him to ease up".
2nd man; "I think Mr Macmillan is going to look out for England's interest, and see that England is not caught between two parties, two different parties."
3rd man; It seems to me that I think he'll make a very concrete contribution because of his letter to Khrushchev some months ago, I think he is one of the strongest leaders to come out of England".
4th man; "I don't think so, he is too wishy washy I would say."
5th man; Personally I think his contribution should be good, because the more people express themselves, especially those who have a certain amount of background behind them, the better results we will have in this world."
6th man; "I think it is a wonderful thing, he is going to give it a nice balance, all this ballyhoo".
7th man; "I think he will do something to straighten things out, and be the peace-maker".
8th man; As far as Macmillan's contribution, I think that the best contribution he could make, only I don't know what particular contribution he may make, is to press and put the pressure on the Western Countries for the admission of Red China to the United Nations."
1st woman; "I think he would act as mediator again between Khrushchev and Eisenhower and try to bring about disarmament. I think it is a very good thing that he is coming."
9th man; " I am a longshoreman. I don't speak for all of the longshoreman. I think, it is a wonderful idea for him to come over and help out. My wife and I believe in love and understanding, and we think that by merely coming over here he'll help the people understand the thing more, because he, I know, is a very good man in foreign affairs.
2nd woman; "In my opinion the contribution Mr. Macmillan has to make is that he is a great deal more attractive than any of the other men."
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Background: Britain's Premier, Harold Macmillan, arrived in New York Sept 26 to attend and address the 15th United Nations General Assembly. After a brief rest, he began a continuing series of formal and informal discussions with world leaders present with a luncheon party at his hotel. Guests included Canadian Premier Diefenbaker and Indian Premier Nehru. Later callers included Ghanaian President Nkrumah and M. Berard, permanent French delegate.
Our interviewer went into the streets of New York to ask the ordinary citizens for their opinions on what effect Mr Macmillan's visit could have on the present East-West conflict of ideas.