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    MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MADE A TELEVISION BROADCAST TO THE NATION TONIGHT?

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    TRANSCRIPT: MR. WILSON: " BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE'VE DONE TODAY IS WHAT THE COUNTRY WANTS. I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF US ARE READY TO SHOW THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS. THAT WHEN BRITAIN IS UP AGAINST IT WE'RE ATCURBEST. I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN TONIGHT: ALL OUR HISTORY PROCLAIMS THAT IN THE BRITISH PEOPLE THERE ARE DEEP RESERVES OF STRENGTH AND POWER WHICH ARE BROUGHT OUT TO THE FULL WHEN THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE TOLD THE FACTS AND WHEN THEY ARE TOLD OF WHAT HAS GOT TO BE DONE. NOBODY OWES US A LIVING. WE'VE GOT TO WORK FOR IT AND EARN. TODAY'S MEASURES CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESS. BUT THAT SUCCESS IS ONLY GOING TO COME BY WORK - BY HARDER WORK. BY A FULL DAYS WORK FOR A FULL DAYS PAY. FOR WHATEVER YOUR JOB IN THE INDUSTRY. BY LESS CONCERN WITH PRIVATE PROFIT AND PRIVATE GAIN. LESS CONCERN WITH DODGING THE COLUMN WHEN IT IS THE QUESTION OF GOING OUT IN TOUGH CONDITIONS TO INCREASE THE EXPORTS LIKE THOSE EXPORTERS I SAW SWEATING IT OUT WITH THEIR PRODUCTS, MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTS, IN THE MOSCOW TRADE FAIR LAST SUNDAY. OR 'SCRIMSHANKING' WHEN IT'S QUESTION OF GETTING A JOB FINISH FASTER AND CHEAPER SO THAT WE CAN SELL CHEAP ABROAD. IT MEANS LESS WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT THE SECOND BEST OR TO REST CONTENT WITH AN INFERIOR PRODUCT ON THE GROUND THAT WE CAN ALWAYS BUY WHAT WE WANT FROM ABOARD. YOU KNOW, ONE THING THIS CRISIS HAS DONE - IT'S FOCUSED THE EYES OF THE WORLD ON US. ALL RIGHT, THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO SHOW THEM WHAT WE'VE MADE OF. WE'LL SHOW THEM THAT A TIME OF CRISIS IS A TIME FOR GREATNESS. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK - THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY AND OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST WORK FOR IT".




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    Background: MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MADE A TELEVISION BROADCAST TO THE NATION TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) TO EXPLAIN HIS STRINGENT NEW MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THE LATEST ECONOMIC CRISIS. HE HAD ANNOUNCED THE MEASURES EARLIER TODAY IN PARLIAMENT.

    MR. WILSON'S MEASURES ARE MAINLY DESIGNED TO REASSURE OVERSEAS BANKERS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DETERMINATION TO MAINTAIN THE VALUE OF STERLING, FOLLOWING HEAVY SALES OF STERLING BY CURRENCY SPECULATORS. THE MEASURES INCLUDE A FREEZE OF WAGES AND PRICES, HEAVIER HIRE PURCHASE DEPOSITS, SOME TAX RISES, AND A CUT-BACK IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING. IN HIS TELEVISION BROADCAST, MR. WILSON SAID.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB1U51SNZMNGYYHNSU006N2A4
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1U51SNZMNGYYHNSU006N2A4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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