Lady Gaitskell

Wednesday, March 03, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Lady Gateskell [sic], member of House of Lords and widow of former Labor Party leader, talks about the labor party today and its role in government. Questions and answers.

McGurn introduces Gaitskell, gives brief biography.

After a brief intro about her son and husband, Gaitskell talks about the relationship between the government and the press: an indissoluble marriage. Tells a story about a "big game hunter and a lion." Moves on to talk about her husband. She has a passionate interest in politics and argument. Speech making is imperative as a peer. She's glad to be back in politics.

Questions led by Newman: Thoughts about Britain entering the common market? They have never been against it on principle. Her husband was against it because he knew they couldn't enter it on terms they could accept. They do a great deal of trade. Possibility of a general election this year? Looks unlikely. How does the Labour government feel about the neutralization of Vietnam? Not sure there's a worked out policy. Is John Burns still remembered? She doesn't know. Has she met the wives of the Russian politicians? She's met Mrs. Khrushchev. Anything to say about situation between Cairo, West Germany, Britain, United States...? Not at all satisfactory. Nasser, Israel. United Nations? Article 19. Britain's feelings towards South Africa and Rhodesia? Labour government is against apartheid, with UN sanctions of arms to South Africa. Economic sanctions are trickier, she doesn't think they're a good thing. The press and the UN? The press has increased the despondence related to the subject (reconvening the General Assembly). Destruction of aeronautical industry?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70968
Municipal archives id: T677

Hosted by:

Barrett McGurn and Joe Newman


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