The Prime Minister speaks at Bradford in Yorkshire.
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Eden speaks at Bradford. Yorkshire.
Various shots of Sir Anthony Eden speaking. "... I know that one or two of these cantankerous newspapers claimed that they were reflecting public feeling. They were doing nothing of the sort. Yorkshire will never let Britain forget that the first duty of a citizen of a free country is to think for his or herself. I would not even mention these matters tonight except for one reason. I must be concerned for our party when baseless reports of disunity are spread abroad. I want everyone therefore to understand this. Our party is united, and the Government is more than ever determined to do what it believes to be right for our country whatever anyone says. This country is not on its way down, and this Government is not on its way out. Unemployment is at its lowest ever. A few years ago many people were troubled that we were not building enough factories or installing enough new plant to keep up with our competitors. But recently industrial investment has gone up by leaps a and bounds. During the past twelve months just about twice as much factory building has been approved as in 1951. And with the new factories go new machines and modern equipment to make us more efficient. Everyone agrees about that. But a large proportion of our import bill is the cost of foreign coal and steel for our expanding industry. Production here of deep-mined coal fell last year by 3,250,000 tons. The number of miners also declined. That is serious, but it is not surprising when there is so wide a call for labour. On the contrary, it is remarkable that so many miners stay loyally at the coal face at this time. On the other hand, I cannot help regretting that the plea of those miners' leaders who recommended that we should have some more foreign labour to help us get more coal did not win the day. Next month the increased National Assistance scales take effect. And now we are preparing detailed proposals, which will be put before Parliament shortly, to assist retired members of the public serves, including teachers and the armed forces. Nor will we forget in our plans those who have no organisations to press their claims. But the best way in which we can help them, and indeed each other, is by fighting the battle against inflation. That is what we are doing. One of the most disturbing features of the past year has been the number of working days lost because of disputes. The total was 3,750,000, nearly twice as large as the average for the past 20 years, and it has cost the nation dear. Much of this was due to differences between unions. We dare not stint this. It is the key to the future. We have now to provide for an age of transition until the full meaning of the new world unfolds before us. We have already decided on an extensive programme for technical education...."