• Short Summary

    THE ENGLISH STATESMAN WILLIAM PITT CALLED HYDE PARK "THE LUNGS OF LONDON" AND NOWHERE DO THOSE LUNGS BELLOW MORE LOUDLY THAN IN A SMALL PATCH OF THE PARK NEAR MARBLE ARCH KNOWN AS SPEAKER'S CORNER.

  • Description

    1.
    GV. PAN...CROWD AT SPEAKERS CORNER, SPEAKER SAYS WE'RE UP HERE EVERY WEEK
    0.07

    2.
    SV. LORD SOPER SPEAKING
    0.10

    3.
    SV. AFRICAN SPEAKER
    0.41

    4.
    LV. ZOOM IN...HYDE PARK CONSERVATIVE SPEAKER
    0.49

    5.
    CV. SPEAKER'S PLATFORM "HOUSE OF ISRAEL" TILT TO..SPEAKER
    0.56

    6.
    SV. SPEAKER ON BEER CRATE TILT TO..SPEAKER SPEAKING ABOUT AMERICAN SENATORS
    1.14

    7.
    CV. MAN IN AUDIENCE ASKS SPEAKER "WHEN DID YOU LAST HAVE A WASH?"
    1.33

    8.
    CV. WOMAN ASKS QUESTION ON"HYDE PARK QUIZ CLUB"
    1.55

    9.
    CV. TILT UP... SPEAKER "THE UNIVERSAL OCCULT FOR DIVINE ORDER
    2.04

    10.
    SV. SPEAKER
    2.10

    11.
    SV. AUDIENCE INTERRUPT SPEAKER
    2.21

    12.
    SV. GROUP SINGING WITH BANNER "THE END IS AT HAND"
    2.55

    13.
    SV. AUSTRALIAN MAN SPEAKS ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN POLICY
    3.18

    14.
    SV. SPEAKER SPEAKING ABOUT PREMIER HARROLD WILSON ZOOM IN TO...
    3.52


    WOMAN IN CROWD STARTS TO SING "VOTE, VOTE FOR MR. WILSON"




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE ENGLISH STATESMAN WILLIAM PITT CALLED HYDE PARK "THE LUNGS OF LONDON" AND NOWHERE DO THOSE LUNGS BELLOW MORE LOUDLY THAN IN A SMALL PATCH OF THE PARK NEAR MARBLE ARCH KNOWN AS SPEAKER'S CORNER. HERE, THE NATION'S HERITAGE OF FREE SPEECH IS PERSONIFIED.

    ANYONE WITH A LOUD VOICE AND SOMETHING TO SAY IS ENTITLED TO MAKE SPEECHES TO ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN. ON A SUNDAY AT SPEAKER'S CORNER, THE CASUAL STROLLER CAN HEAR THE WIT AND PASSION OF SPEAKERS ON ANY SUBJECT FROM CHRISTIANITY TO ANARCHY, FASCISM TO FREE TRADE, SPIRITUALISM TO HOME RULE FOR SCOTLAND. BUT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS RECENTLY, LORD SOPER, A LABOUR PEER AND METHODIST CHURCH LEADER -- HIMSELF A VETERAN HYDE PARK SPEAKER -- WARNED THAT MORE AND MORE RACIAL HATRED WAS BEING PREACHED AT SPEAKER'S CORNER. IT COULD END, HE SAID, IN AN OUTBREAK OF RACIAL VIOLENCE AS A RESULT OF POLICIES ADVOCATED BY BOTH WHITE AND COLOURED SPEAKERS.

    THE RIGHT TO HOLD MEETINGS IN HYDE PARK WAS ESTABLISHED A CENTURY AGO, AFTER A NUMBER OF MASS RALLIES IN THE PARK WERE PROHIBITED BY THE POLICE AND SERIOUS RIOTS AROSE.

    AFTER THE LAST RIOT IN 1866, THE AUTHORITIES BECAME MORE TOLERANT AND FINALLY, IN 1872, AN AREA OF THE PARK NEAR MARBLE ARCH WAS DESIGNATED FOR "PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES." THIS AREA IS NOW SPEAKER'S CORNER.

    ONE ODDITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF HYDE PARK AS A PUBLIC PLATFORM IS THAT THE ONE PERSON WHO IS NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT FOR THAT PURPOSE IS THE REIGNING MONARCH.

    NOWADAYS, SPEAKER'S CORNER IS AN OUTLET FOR THE OPINIONS OF A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE. LORD SOPER HAS SPOKEN FOR MANY YEARS AT SPEAKER'S CORNER. BUT ON SUNDAYS, HE MIGHT FIND HIMSELF IN COMPETITION WITH AS MANY AS THIRTY OTHER "SOAP BOX ORATORS" EACH WITH THEIR OWN AUDIENCE.

    YET ALTHOUGH THE VIEWS ARE DIVERSE, THE SPEAKERS SHARE THE SKILL OF HANDLING A HECKLING CROWD AND THE WIT WHICH MAKES SPEAKER'S CORNER SUCH AN ATTRACTION.

    AND IT IS ALL FREE. SPEAKERS ARE FORBIDDEN FROM TAKING COLLECTIONS IN THE PARK ITSELF. SOME GET ROUND THE LAW, HOWEVER, BY TAKING COLLECTIONS OUTSIDE THE PARK GATES.

    BUT FEW SPEAKERS CAN MAKE A LIVING AT IT. FOR IT IS NOT A WAY OF MAKING A LIVING -- MORE A WAY OF LIFE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC0MEG0ZQVQ2SZHTWRLIF9TDZ7
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0MEG0ZQVQ2SZHTWRLIF9TDZ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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