• Short Summary

    Visnews recently sent a roving reporter to ask the "Londoner in-the-street" for his reaction to proposals made for Western Germany to establish military bases in England.

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    TRANSCRIPT: (Interview with two women in street)



    Q. What do you feel about West Germany having NATO bases in England?



    A. To tell you the truth I don't think much about it.



    Q. You don't think about it at all?



    A. No.



    Q. You don't have any opinion -political opinions of the country at all?



    A. No.



    Q. And you?



    A. I am the same, I'm afraid.



    Q. You have no political (sound fogged...?)



    A. No.



    Thank you very much.



    (CU.Interview with Window Cleaner)



    A. I don't think that Germany should have them.



    Q. But bases generally, don't you ming. It is just the Germans you don't want to have them?



    A. I don't see why the Germans should have them because they are people you can't trust.



    Q. But other people - you wouldn't mind having bases?



    Q. Other people and also our own country to protect our own country. If other people have got them, why shouldn't we have them.



    Q. But the Germans you wouldn't trust?



    A. Not the Germans, no. The Germans I won't trust.



    Thank you very much.



    You're welcome.



    (CU, Man on bicycle).



    A. Well, I don't think they should have them.



    Q. You don't think they should have them.



    A. No.



    Q. Why not?



    A. Not after the first world war.



    Q. You mean after the two world wars you wouldn't trust them?



    A. No.



    Q. You went through the first world war?



    Q. And I don't think we should be on their side again.



    Thank you.



    (CU. Another man.)



    A. No, bases, definitely not. Not even American bases. They should all go. All foreigners should go, yes. I think so.



    Thank you.



    Right.



    (SV. Man in group.)



    A. We have had 46 years of two wars. We have all been in it, our children, our fathers We don't want our children in it. And what's ever best for the purpose let's have it. Peace throughout the world.



    A. I was standing besides my wife's bad in a women's hospital in 1940 when she was blown to pieces by a German bomb. There were 18 patients, nurses, two porters, a cat, a pigeon in the ward - and myself. I got away badly injured. If the Germans are going to put bases in this country, I hope they don't walk about in uniform. The first German I catch in uniform in this country, I'll give a very uncomfortable time indeed.



    Thank you very much, sir.



    (SV. Various people in group.)



    Q. What do you feel about the West Germans having rocket bases in England?



    A. Well, I think at least if they had rocket bases here we would be able to keep control of them.



    Q. You would prefer to see them here than anywhere else?



    A. Here, than in Spain or in Germany. At least we would know what they were doing about it.



    Thank you very much.



    Q. What would you feel about rocket bases in England:



    A. Well, I don't agree with them.



    Q. And you, madam:



    A. Well, I don't mind. As long as it is to be for the good of the country.



    Q. And you think we need them for our defences?



    A. Well, I think so, yes. Thank you.



    Q. How do you feel about West Germans having rocket bases in England?



    A. I don't think we should have them.



    Q. You don't think we should have them?



    A. I don't.



    Q. And you, madam?



    A. No. I don't agree with it at all.



    Q. And you, sir?



    A. I think so, we need them.



    Q. You think we need them?



    A. I would rather have them here than in Spain in any case.



    Q. You would rather have them here than in Spain, so we can keep our eye on them?



    A. Keep our eye on them - yes. Thank you very much.



    Q. And you sir?



    A. Well, if we must have rocket bases at all, I would suggest that we should have our own rocket bases and not theirs. The Germans have been our enemies and are likely to be our enemies again. I would much rather have them as friends, but we know them to be enemies. It is proved time and time again that they cannot be trusted here. Thank you.



    Q. And you, sir?



    A. What is it about?



    Q. How would you feel about West Germans having rocket bases here in England?



    A. I have no room for the Germans. I hate the sight of them.




    Initials TDH/PC/AHS/AS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Visnews recently sent a roving reporter to ask the "Londoner in-the-street" for his reaction to proposals made for Western Germany to establish military bases in England.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAVS68RPQ9YF4E7K86NOEO14RR
    Media URN:
    VLVAVS68RPQ9YF4E7K86NOEO14RR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:50:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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