Brittish and French Politics

Published: 1964
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U.S. President Gerald Ford (L) and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (R) along with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (above) on the steps of the U.S. Embassy on July 30, 1975, prior to a breakfast working session. Wilson was the first delegation chief scheduled to speak later today at the opening of the European Security Conference Summit here in Helsinki, Finland. (UPI Photo/Files)

Announcer: As the United States traveled through the new frontier into a great society, there were changes aboard, some violent, some peaceful like this one reported by Don McKay in London.

Don McKay: “It's time for a change,” that was a big political slogan in Britain after 13 years of Conservative Party rule, the Socialist took over her Majesties’ Government. Many who feared that true blue Britain would suddenly become a shocking pink were pleasantly surprised. Under the Socialists as under the Conservatives, Britain remained a firm member of NATO, a firm partner in the Anglo American Alliance.

Speaker: "We ask for no special relationship, but we hope to achieve a close relationship based on an identity of views and identity of objectives, and a desire to work closely for everything that we want to see happening in the world. "

Don McKay: Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a pipe smoking middle of the roadside, coolly but firmly sat on the Socialist party small but noisy band of sentimental pacifist. Wilson was very much in charge of his party and his government. The Socialist squeaked into power with only a razor thin parliamentary majority, and from the start, the Socialist were fought tooth and nail in parliament by the opposition conservatives.

The possibility of another general election hung like a cloud on the British political horizon, perhaps an election in 1965, perhaps 1966. This is Don McKay, reporting from London.

Pie Chamberlain: We will return with Review 1964, in just a moment.

In France there was little change. General De Gaulle maintained his course of independent French policy, steering firmly through the antagonism of the United States and Great Britain. Paul Eve, reports from Paris.

Paul Eve: "And the year put France nearer to the goal of world prestige that De Gaulle has set forth, left him with an even bigger balance of gold and dollar reserves, and certainly greatly strengthen economically and morally at home.

"When it became evident that Washington and Bonn with or without the New Labor Regime in Britain were willing to go ahead with the American sponsored multilateral nuclear force project, he chided Germany and began a top gear campaign to stop what he believed to be bad for France and Europe.

"For De Gaulle the unenviable nuclear force in the Europe is a European one or if you want a French force leading other European powers. This is Paul Eve in Paris.