• Short Summary

    PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON SAID TONIGHT HE HOPED BRITAIN'S CRICKETING AUTHORITIES WOULD THINK AGAIN ABOUT THIS YEAR'S PROPOSED SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET TOUR.

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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "IN VIEW OF WHAT YOU OBVIOUSLY REGARD AS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND BY IMPLICATION THE WHOLE BELIEFS ON WHICH THE COMMONWEALTH PRINCIPLES ARE BASED, DO YOU HOPE THAT THE CRICKETING BODIES ARE GOING TO FIND A WAY OUT FOR YOU?"



    WILSON: "WELL, I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING TO JUSTIFY HOPE. I DO HOPE THAT THE CRICKET COUNCIL WILL THINK AGAIN, TO THINK ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE REPERCUSSIONS FOR OTHER SPORTS, TO THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS. I HOPE THIS TOO THAT IF THEY WILL THINK ABOUT IT, THAT THEY WON'T FEEL THAT IF THEY WERE TO REVERSE THEIR DECISION IT WAS A CLIMB DOWN OR THEY'D LOST FAITH. I HOPE THERE'S NO CLINGING ON FOR THAT REASON.



    I THINK EVERYONE WOULD RESPECT THEM AND HONOUR THEM. AFTER ALL, WE ALWAYS RESPECT THEIR SPORTING DECLARATIONS, WE RESPECT THE MAN WHO STARTS TO WALK TO THE PAVILION WITHOUT WAITING FOR THE UMPIRE'S FINGER. I THINK IF THEY DID THIS, THEY'D WIN ENORMOUS RESPECT AND THEY MUSTN'T FEEL EITHER THAT IF THEY DID IT THEY'D BEEN BLACKMAILED OF PRESSED BY ANYONE. AFTER ALL, AS I'VE SAID, I HOPE THAT IF PEOPLE WANT TO DEMONSTRATE THEY WILL. I KNOW THAT'S BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD, BUT THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND I HOPE NO ONE'S SAYING THERE SHOULD BE A LAW THAT NOBODY NEVER DEMONSTRATED. WE'VE HAD THAT FREEDOM FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT EQUALLY, AS I SAY, THERE MUST BE ACTION TO DEAL WITH ANYONE WHO MISUSES THE FREEDOM OF DEMONSTRATION. SO, THOUGH I HOPE THEY WON'T FEEL THAT ANYONE SAYING DON'T, I MEAN CANCEL IT BECAUSE OF THE FEAR OF DEMONSTRATION, IT'S A POLICE JOB TO LOOK AFTER THAT, I HOPE THEY WON'T SAY THEY'VE BEEN BLACKMAILED BECAUSE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES, BUT I HOPE THEY WILL THINK OF THE INTERESTS OF SPORT IN THE WIDEST SENSE.




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    SPORT: CRICKET
    EDITORS: USE RESTRICTED TO SCHEDULED NEWS PROGRAMMES

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON SAID TONIGHT HE HOPED BRITAIN'S CRICKETING AUTHORITIES WOULD THINK AGAIN ABOUT THIS YEAR'S PROPOSED SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET TOUR. IN A NBC TELEVISION PROGRAMME THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER SAID HE BELIEVED EVERYONE WOULD RESPECT THEM AND HONOUR THEM IF THEY REVERSED THEIR DECISION.

    MR. WILSON SAID HE HOPED THAT THE CRICKET COUNCIL WOULD THINK ABOUT THE REPERCUSSIONS FOR OTHER SPORTS, OBVIOUSLY A REFERENCE TO THE THREATENED BOYCOTT OF THE JULY COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN SCOTLAND. THE SUPREME COUNCIL FOR SPORT IN AFRICA, REPRESENTING 36 COUNTRIES, HAS THREATENED A MASS BOYCOTT OF THESE GAMES IF THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR GOES AHEAD.

    MR. WILSON SAID THE CRICKET COUNCIL MUST NOT FEEL THEY WERE BEING BLACKMAILED OR PRESSED BY ANYONE, EITHER BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF DEMONSTRATIONS OR BECAUSE OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES. HE SAID: "I HOPE THEY WILL THINK ABOUT THE INTERESTS OF SPORT IN THE WIDEST SENSE."
    THE BRITISH LEADER ALSO REFERRED TO HIS EARLIER STATEMENT THAT IF THE TOUR GOES AHEAD THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE FREE TO DEMONSTRATE. BUT HE ADDED: "EQUALLY ... THERE MUST BE ACTION WITH ANYONE WHO MISUSES THE FREEDOM OF DEMONSTRATION."

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFMOI29JU2LPYXOR0QRAHZXE0
    Media URN:
    VLVADFMOI29JU2LPYXOR0QRAHZXE0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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