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5 May 1972. Thought for the Week: "Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put chains upon their own appetites.... It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate habits cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
THE COMMON MARKET BATTLE CONTINUES
Mr. Eric Butler reports from London during his three weeks lecturing and fact-finding tour of the United Kingdom.
In a frank exchange of viewpoints on the Common Market battle I found the controversial British Conservative M.P., the Rt. Hon. Enoch Powell, a man of hard realism. This does not mean that I found him, as some have alleged, cold and aloof. He is a genuine intellectual but he does have a genuine sense of humour. He has one of the most logical minds I have met, which does not mean that I believe that Mr. Powell's conclusions are always right. Like a slide rule, logic can only give the total of all the factors used. If some are missing, the logic can be perfect, but the conclusions wrong. As much of the interview was off-the-record, I must confine myself to generalities.
Mr. Powell believes that the Common Market issue is desperate, but not hopeless. He drew attention to the unexpected in history and there is no question that he intends to fight on. Mr. Powell has no answer to the vital problem, one facing the peoples of the free world everywhere, of how an electorate can force its will on a Government pursuing a policy clearly at variance with the policy of a substantial percentage of the electors. But Mr. Powell drew attention to the hard political fact that it is only the strongest political activity in the electorates which, to use one of his colourful phrases can make the politicians' "Teeth chatter with fear."
Mr. Powell's contribution to the battle is clearly to hold his base inside the Conservative Party, and keep delivering broadsides, which even some press censorship cannot prevent from reaching the British people. Mr. Powell is using some of the hardest-hitting language in his condemnation of Prime Minister Heath and his colleagues. In an address on April 8 he exposed the double-talk of Mr. Heath now claiming that as Parliament has consented, on behalf of the people, to the principle of joining the Common Market, the opponents should now accept that verdict and cease opposition. Mr. Powell observed that Mr. Heath had promised that it was the "full-hearted consent" of Parliament and people, which would have to be obtained. He also said that the close voting in the House of Commons showed that there was not even "full-hearted consent" of the Parliament.
He then went on to make the following
Many may wonder how a member of a political party is not threatened with expulsion when he speaks as Mr. Powell does. The truth is that any attempt by Prime Minister Heath to curb or expel Mr. Powell would produce a major split inside the Conservative Party. Every time one mentions Mr. Powell's name at meetings there is spontaneous applause. But Mr. Powell is not going to heed the loose suggestion that he should leave the Conservative Party to lead yet another party. I believe he is fighting in the most realistic manner possible as the situation is.
The key to the situation is how to develop sufficient electoral pressure in a sufficient number of electorates to make the politicians' "teeth chatter with fear." This is the task to which Mr. Don Martin, National Director of the British League of Rights, is directing all his dedicated attention. Audiences are applauding as he tells them "We do not know the meaning of the word defeat. We will fight the enemy even as Churchill said we would fight. Even if we are legally committed to the E.E.C., we will then raise the banner on Home Rule for the British. We will never give in."
The Government's desperate use of the
guillotine in an endeavour to force the E.E.C. legislation
through the House of Commons is producing a new upsurge of
opposition. Action has been started in the Courts against
the Government, and eminent constitutional authorities are
canvassing the question of whether one Government can completely
bind the policies of a future Government. And, as the battle
rages in the United Kingdom, friction grows in the Common
Market, with Mr. Heath's pro-Marxist friend Willy Brandt,
struggling to survive in West Germany.
REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL SECRETARY OF
SOCIALISATION OF THE WOOL INDUSTRY?
The proposed marketing authority for
the Australian wool clip is threatening to cause a major dispute
between the coalition Liberal and Country parties. The Prime
Minister, Mr. McMahon, is reported by wool industry leaders
to be opposing the acquisition scheme, which would involve
the amalgamation of the Australian Wool Commission and the
In two referendums in the past, Australian woolgrowers have rejected socialist control of the wool industry, in the face of continued pressure from Sir William Gunn, who has pushed relentlessly for this measure ever since he was appointed to the board of directors of the Reserve Bank by Dr. H. C. Coombs, the seasoned and tried member of the Fabian-Socialist society. After woolgrowers had rejected his terms for the second time, Sir William Gunn was reported to have said that "Woolgrowers would have to be brought to their knees" before they would sell out their freedom.
There is no doubt that the wool crisis was the result, not of a lack of demand for wool, which is still a universally accepted fibre, but of financial policies that compromised producers and consumers alike, induced in the main by the powers that control the international banking consortiums who have promised the money which Sir William requires.
It is also quite clear that there are
alternative proposals, which for a fraction of the cost of
the wool-board proposals, could re-establish viable wool-producing
and processing industries in Australia's traditional wool
areas. Many Australians are unaware of a completely new range
of wool processing machinery, much of it designed in Australia
which for a fraction of the $300 million estimated to be the
minimum cost of Sir William Gunn's scheme, could bring this
country right into the forefront on the world's fibre markets.
Shocking, but not surprising, is the attitude of the Country Party, which seems determined to bulldoze acquisition through, even before the Randall Committee Report appears. The Country Party has always traditionally opposed the "socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange." They have abandoned this, and have joined forces with the Labor Party in a campaign for acquisition. They are hoping that woolgrowers, battered and on their knees as they are, will not "kick against the thorns".
A few Liberal members, to their credit, have done more to preserve free enterprise in the wool industry than their coalition partners. These men deserve the support of woolgrowers, and an issue on which Mr. McMahon has taken the right stand, should not go unobserved.
NEW "LET'S THINK" LEAFLET
The Lanzon brothers have just produced
their Let's Think Leaflet No. 6, on the subject of
the Little Red Schoolbook, and entitled, "Goodbye, Mr. Chipp".
Many think it is the cleverest of the six so far produced.
The other leaflets No.1 "That's Not Cricket
All "Let's Think Leaflets" attack the subject with a brilliant and acid wit.
Freedom and Reality by Enoch Powell. A supply of this book has just arrived from U.K. Chapters include - Free Society v. Socialism; Politicians versus People; To Socialism through Inflation; Illusions about Defence etc. etc. Price: $1.00 post free.
ON TARGET BULLETIN
The Rule of Law
Individuals living together in society
must have a system of justice governing their relations one
with the other. Individual rights must be protected, private
property rights, the right to life, the right to walk the
streets in safety, protection against libel and slander. Successful
human associations are impossible unless these and similar
rights are protected. Violations
of these rights require an independent judiciary, whose members
are really a type of umpire adjudicating impartially.
One of the major functions of government is to maintain a strict Rule of Law. It is often claimed, falsely, that all law is an infringement on the freedom of the individual. Real freedom is impossible except inside an agreed Rule of Law.
From Hansard: Senator Ivor Greenwood replying to Senator Cant, 11/4/72... "It is a fact that I visited Rhodesia in 1971 and that I learned a lot of facts about that country which one cannot get by relying merely upon the newspapers of this country." Dr. Malcolm Mackay speaking in the Australian Defence debate (12/4/72).
Speaking of Indonesia in the early 1960's Dr. Mackay said ...."When the revolt occurred the Communists set out to eliminate the top Army leadership. Most top generals were trapped, their eyes were gouged out and then they were forced to run naked among Communist women who slowly tortured them to death with knives. Two generals escaped - Nasution and Suharto. They acted swiftly to seize Radio Djakarta to prevent the order for widespread selective massacre going out to the nation, and they brought the tanks from Bogor... Western Powers kept doors open and gave military and other aid even when it was dangerous to do so. How much was due to the fact of allied resistance in Vietnam? Those in a position to know say that it was a crucial factor, and there is the point of my connection."
"One of the most specious bits of twaddle the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition have ever spoken, and that is saying a lot, was to talk recently of restricting our military actions to the territorial sea and not venturing outside those limits unless invited to do so by the United Nations. China and Russia have a veto on such decisions by the United Nations and they are the countries which will increasingly have nuclear submarines and missile-equipped ships off our very coast."
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