Members of the general public reacted with mixed feelings when they heard that the British Prime Minister, Mr.
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REPORTER: "The government has just announced it's going to call a general election. How do you feel about this?"
MAN: "They should have had one months ago."
REPORTER: "What do you think the outcome will be?"
MAN: "They'll get back in again."
WOMAN: "Well, I should say let Mr. Heath get on with it, why have an election"
REPORTER: "Do you think he will come back with an increased majority?"
WOMAN: "I shouldn't be at all surprised, Heaven help us."
SECOND WOMAN: "Well, it's time they slung Heath out, that's one thing it's about."
REPORTER: "Do you think the Socialists will come, get to power?"
SECON WOMAN: "I wouldn't be at all surprised. Somebody's got to do something about him -- haven't they?"
MAN IN PUB: "I don't know. I think it's very difficult. It's either going to be a clear majority for Labour or a clear majority for Conservative -- but if it's a reduced majority for Conservative, then it's going to prove absolutely nothing."
SECOND MAN IN PUB: "I think the Labour government would win."
REPORTER: "There's going to be a General Election at the end of the month, how do you think this is going to effect our present situation?"
THIRD WOMAN: "I don't know, dear."
FOURTH WOMAN: "It doesn't really matter to me."
FIFTH WOMAN: "I don't know, I couldn't tell you."
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Background: Members of the general public reacted with mixed feelings when they heard that the British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, had ordered a general election to be held on Thursday, February 28.
The announcement, which came as no supprise after weeks of political uncertainty and industrial turmoil, was made in a brief statement from 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's official London residence.
Minutes after the statement, Visnews reporter Anthony Steward spoke to members of the public in London.