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    In Rhodesia, the results of the latest opinion poll predict that the ruling Rhodesian Front Party will win a sweeping victory in next week's general election.

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    SV: Ted Sutton-Price stands up to make speech in Salisbury.

    CU: Sutton-Price speaking. (4 shots)

    SUTTON-PRICE: "I haven't counted correctly maybe now we're in something like the thirteenth or fourteenth in this series of political negotiations. For one reason or another, and I'm not trying to apportion blame this evening. In the end all those initiatives have failed, and we're still in the process of trying. Well this has produced a situation in this country today where on the one hand we have a military confrontation of some considerable magnitude. The details you are aware of, they have been given to you by various cabinet ministers from time to time. You've got two sizable armed factions, one under the political direction of Mugabe, one under the political direction of Nkomo, waiting to cut your throat and mine and then to battle it out between them to see who is going to seize and finally to hold the reigns of power and the dominate position over this country of ours. On the other side there has been a crisis of confidence particularly manifest but not exclusively amongst the white community in Rhodesia which we've produced regrettably nett migration losses growing in seriousness month after month. And you saw the figures produced in January of last year to the end of April this year which shows that in the age group 18 to 38 we have lost between five to (indistinct) of men. That situation has to be put to right. Rhodesia has to get on its feet again with a positive firm sense of direction and stem that flood and get everybody moving in the one positive sense of forward movement. I am not suggesting that for one second that the politicians should run this war heavens forbid. What the politicians have to do is to try and create the right legal, financial, psychological, climate to allow your military commanders to prosecute this war in the most ruthless and the most efficient manner possible."

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    Background: In Rhodesia, the results of the latest opinion poll predict that the ruling Rhodesian Front Party will win a sweeping victory in next week's general election. The main opposition to the Rhodesian Front is the right-wing Rhodesian action Party, which is contesting its first election. That Party was formed earlier this year after 12 Rhodesian Front MP's broke away from the ruling party. Although the opinion polls give the R.A.P. 3 per cent of the vote, their candidates have been campaigning hard. One of them is Mr Ted Sutton-Price, a former Cabinet Minister in the government of Mr. Ian Smith. Like all the other RAP candidates he's against a settlement which would include black majority rule and is in favour of tougher military action against black nationalist guerrillas.

    The election, limited largely to Rhodesia's white minority, takes place on Wednesday August 31.

    SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (23 August) he addressed a rally in Salisbury.

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