Prime Minister Harold Wilson, continuing his elections campaign in London last night (3 October) hit out at the housing policies of the opposing Conservatives.
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WILSON: With economic security and the living standards of every family in this country at stake, this is not time for peddling government razzmatazz. The profits made through the sale of land for housing the people make the Alaska gold rush look like the contents of a church collection on a wet Sunday in November. House prices, new and old, rocketted. Of course, that's due to wages... that's what they told us. But even houses built before the First World War in London and other cities... houses more than sixty years old... at least seventy, eighty or ninety years old... suddenly multiplied and multiplied again in price - and this couldn't have been caused by wages unless someone was finding a means of paying across the Great Divide, a wage increase to a long-dead building craftsman....(APPLAUSE)
Mrs. Thatcher (NOTE: CONSERVATIVE SPOKESMAN ON HOUSING) made it quite clear last week that the Conservatives want to stop council house building for ordinary people. It was very clear from a 'Guardian' leader commenting on what she said that the Conservatives prefer to build council houses only for what she called special needs. For old people, for slum clearance and for what she described as special cases....and the Guardian said where are the engine drivers - where are the tube workers - where are the bus drivers - where are the social workers going to live?
I remember Aneurin Bevan discussing this with me when he was Housing Minister and I was one of the junior ministers working with him. He said that it would create ghettos. Is that what we want? That is the Conservative policy in this election.......
WILSON: ".....and that at a time when one who knows about people -- and that excludes most of the tories I imagine -- when every expert in social welfare will tell you it is important for us to live in a community. The Conservatives want to seggregate us."
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A transcript of part of Mr. Wilson's speech follows, but we must apologise for the poor quality of sound on film, which is due to technical problems.
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Background: Prime Minister Harold Wilson, continuing his elections campaign in London last night (3 October) hit out at the housing policies of the opposing Conservatives. He said that profits made on land speculation during the previous Conservative administration had made the alaska gold rush look like the contents of a church collection.
He said it was obvious that the Conservatives wanted to stop building municipal housing and accused his opponents of peddling "government by razzamatazz."
Mr. Wilson was in bouyant mood as the campaign for Britain's second general election this year moved into its last seven days. All opinion polls in the country now show his Labour Party well ahead and this is reflected in the Labour leader's clearly confident demeanour.