In Britain, rising prices will probably be the main issue of the so-called "Crisis Election" of 28 February.
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DUSTMAN: "Prices, and I should say the main thing is the industrial Bill which should be repealed as soon as possible."
1ST WOMAN: "To get people rehoused who are homeless."
COLOURED WOMAN: "The prices of the shopping is too expensive."
PENSIONER: "Mostly prices, being an old age pensioner."
2ND WOMAN: "Oh I don't know. I haven't studied it that far, lad."
1ST MAN: "Frankly I think it's big con game."
REPORTER: "But what matters most to you? What matters most to you?
COUPLE, MAN: "Well I suppose social security, getting the country on on even keel."
COUPLE, WOMAN: "Food prices. We have a bother to manage on the money. We're old age pensioners you know. I don't care really who gets in but what worries the housewife is the prices we have to pay for things. I gives you the hump to go round the shops."
YOUNG WOMAN: "Oh no don't ask me."
REPORTER: "Well you must know what affects the family, Excuse me sir what do you think are the main issues in the election to you?"
2ND MAN: "Well I don't know what to make of it. They are all contradicting one another aren't they? Wilson's going to give us this. Heath's going to give us that. How can Wilson give us this if he ain't got it to give you? Where's he going to get it from?"
REPORTER: "So you don't really believe any of them?"
2ND MAN: "Well I don't know I've always voted Labour. I really don't known what to do."
1ST MAN: "Who governs the country."
2ND MAN: "All inflation."
1ST WOMAN: "A firm government. Someone that's really going to do the job properly."
YOUNG MAN: "Main issues?"
YOUNG MAN: "Get Britain back to work so we can all earn some money that's what I think wil be the main issues."
REPORTER: "And who do you think is best to do this?"
YOUNG MAN: "Tories. The Tony Party."
YOUNG MAN; "Why? Because I think they are the only party that can really stand up for somebody and stand up to the miners. They're the only party that ever stood up to anybody aren't they?
3RD MAN: "Strong government."
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Background: In Britain, rising prices will probably be the main issue of the so-called "Crisis Election" of 28 February.
Opinion polls have found most voters put rising prices before the country's present industrial trouble, which the Conservative Government gave as the reason for the election.
Most of Britain's industrial workers are still on a three-day week because of the Government's dispute with the National Union of Mineworkers.
Figures released since the election was announced have shown that food prices have risen 20 per cent in Britain in the last year. Petrol prices have risen steeply since last year's Arab oil embargo. Mortgage rates have also risen.
Visnews reporter John Sutton has been asking people what they feel the main issue will be in the coming General Election. He spoke to people in one working-class area of London, Lambeth, and one wealthy area, Piccadilly. The answers he received appear on film. A transcript follows.