• Short Summary

    MONEY DUE TO RESIDENTS OF RHODESIA FOR PENSIONS AND INTEREST ON BRITISH GOVERNMENT STOCKS, IS INVOLVED IN A FINANCIAL CLAMP-DOWN BY BRITAIN ON THE ILLEGAL REGIME OF RHODESIA.

  • Description


    SALISBURY SCENES; PENSIONERS INTERVIEWED.



    TRANSCRIPTS:



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW OLD ARE YOU MR STRANGE?"



    ANSWER: "70."



    INTERVIEWER: "NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN RECEIVING UP TO THIS POINT A PENSION FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM?"



    ANSWER: "TWO YEARS AGO, WHEN THE FEDERATION BROKE, YOU SEE."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT TYPE OF PENSION IS THIS?"



    ANSWER: "FROM ENGLAND?"



    INTERVIEWER: "YES."



    ANSWER: "I GOT GBP8 A MONTH, AND MY WIFE GOT GBP5."



    INTERVIEWER: "MRS STRANGE, WAS THIS YOUR TOTAL SOURCE OF INCOME?"



    ANSWER: "YES - THAT IS SO. THAT IS ALL WE HAVE - GBP13 A MONTH."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW?"



    ANSWER: "WELL, I DON'T KNOW. I MEAN, IS ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT MR SMITH WILL DO. WE'LL JUST HAVE TO WORK IT OUT FROM THAT, WON'T WE."



    INTERVIEWER: "WOULD YOU CONSIDER GOING BACK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM NOW?"



    ANSWER: "I WOULDN'T GO BACK FOR ANY REASON."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU'RE PREPARED TO FORGO YOUR PENSION?"



    ANSWER: "I'D FORGET ANYTHING RATHER THAN STAY HERE. (SIC)"



    INTERVIEWER: "MAY I ASK WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ACTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT?"



    ANSWER: I THINK IT'S DISGUSTING AND I NEVER THOUGHT THAT ANYBODY COULD DO SUCH A DIRTY TRICK.



    INTERVIEWER: "THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED."



    (SECOND PENSIONER COUPLE)



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S ACTION IN CUTTING PENSIONS?"



    ANSWER: "IT'S THE MOST DESPICABLE THING THAT I'VE EVER KNOWN. THERE WE HAVE A MAN THAT NEVER WENT IN THE ARMY ITSELF -- DODGED THE ARMY AT 23. BUT THEN HE'S DIRTY ENOUGH TO CUT DOWN PENSIONS FOR PEOPLE THAT FOUGHT TO HELP SAVE HIM AS WELL AS THE COUNTRY."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT U.D.I.?"



    ANSWER: "I'D STICK TO HIM. HE'S A MAN THAT'S GOT GUTS TO STAND HIS GROUND, AND I'M BEHIND HIM ALL THE WAY."




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    Background: MONEY DUE TO RESIDENTS OF RHODESIA FOR PENSIONS AND INTEREST ON BRITISH GOVERNMENT STOCKS, IS INVOLVED IN A FINANCIAL CLAMP-DOWN BY BRITAIN ON THE ILLEGAL REGIME OF RHODESIA.

    INVESTIGATIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT TO DETERMINE WHAT COULD BE DONE ABOUT THE PAYMENT OF PENSIONS ARE CONTAINING, FOLLOWING STATEMENTS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST WEEK BY THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR WILSON. IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT PENSIONS WERE BEING HELD BACK FOR THE TIME BEING AND WOULD BE RELEASED AS SOON AS CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IN RHODESIA WAS RESTORED. ANSWERING CRITICISM LATER FROM THE CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION, INCLUDING THE PARTY LEADER, MR HEATH, MR WILSON STATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING INTO THE QUESTION OF WHAT ACTION COULD BE TAKEN WHERE HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATIONS ARE INVOLVED, AND WHERE HARDSHIP WAS CAUSED, SO THAT ADVANCES ON PENSIONS COULD BE MADE.

    MEANWHILE, IN SALISBURY, MR WRATHALL, IN CHARGE OF FINANCIAL MATTERS FOR THE ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT, SAID THE SMITH REGIME WOULD ARRANGE PAYMENTS FOR PENSIONERS WHOSE MONEY WAS BEING BLOCKED BY BRITAIN. THERE SOME 3,500 BRITISH PENSIONERS IN RHODESIA, INCLUDING FORMER CIVIL SERVANTS, EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL, AND NATIONAL INSURANCE BENEFICIARIES. THE AMOUNT INVOLVED IS GBP500,000 A YEAR.

    PENSIONERS INTERVIEWED IN SALISBURY GAVE THEIR OPINION OF THE SANCTION MOVE (SOF).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEFZCETYJ2WYNHU4OC3C5Z4OLD
    Media URN:
    VLVAEFZCETYJ2WYNHU4OC3C5Z4OLD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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