THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1952
British Visitor Comments on Politics
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BY JON SOBELOFF
"Out of the welter of nonsense
that is the American political con-
ventions have come two outstand-
ing candidates," Francis J. C. Men-
nell, former Assistant Internation-
al Secretary of the British Labor
Party said yesterday.
Mennell, who is in the United
States on a six month fellowship
studying American foreign policy,
the labor movement and the elec-
tion, said that the English people
for the most part viewed the spec-
tacle of our national conventions
"with a certain combination of
amazement and distaste."
"But," he added, "somehow your
system works." "I believe that the
presence' of television cameras
will do much toward bringing a
fuller discussion of issues and less
nonsense at the conventions in
Asked what he felt was the
main difference between Ameri-
can and British politics, Men-
nell who is visiting in Ann Arbor
under the auspices of the politi-
cal science department, cited
the great importance of person-
alities in our elections.
"Issues aren't as important be-
cause American political parties
are really just a loose coalition-
the Dixiecrats and the northern
Democrats are a good example.
The Anerican parties have no real
nationally determined policy. Now
in England the political parties
each determine democratically
what their national policy is going
to be and then every member has
to stick to that policy or get out
of the party."
COMMENTING on the well-
known expense fund of GOP vice-
presidential candidate Sen. Rich-
ard Nixon, Mennell said, "Some-
thing like that couldn't happen in
"Most members of Parliament
have outside incomes. This is not
only accepted, it is encouraged be-
cause we have a tradition against
professional politicians. But each
MP must make a complete public
declaration of his private sources
of income. And all campaign con-
tributions must be made to the
national party and not to any in-
"Also, there is a limit on the
amount that may be spent on
The Ann Arbor League of Wo-
men Voters has declared its sup-
port of the two Courthouse pro-
posals on the coming Nov. 4 ballot.
The proposals given support call
for a $3,250,000 bond issue to con-
struct and equip the new court
house. The second proposal calls
for an increase of one and one-
quarter mill on Washtenaw Coun-
ty property to pay the principle
and interest on the bonds.
The action taken last Wednes-
day at a United Nations luncheon
comes as a surprise, because the
league, ordinarily a non-partisan
organization concerned mainly
with informing the public and en-
couraging participation in civic
affairs, seldom takes such stands
on civic issues.
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IN FACT, the league took no
stand on the courthouse issue when
it was presented to the voters in
the spring of 1950. Mrs. Ivan Duff
president of the women's group,
said the league decided to openly
endorse the two proposals now "be-
cause the project is of such con-
cern to the community and the
Jobs for 'U'
Calls from the world of busi-
ness for those who can twist pret-
zels or punch out tinfoil for soft
drink bottle-caps may not be flow-
ing en masse into the Bureau of
Appointments office, but there are
requests for chemists, engineers,
social workers and those from ev-
ery other field in the University.
The U.S. government is the
largest employer handled through
the Bureau., History, political sci-
ence, language majors, engineers,
physicists, accountants, are all in
great demand for jobs both here
A NUMBER of companies that
carry on foreign operations also
need graduates in both technical
and non-technical fields.
The job of the Bureau is much
the same as that of an employ-
ment agency. Early in the school
year companies seeking to hire
graduates make appointments
for interviews with students
through the Bureau.
That is the reason why those
seniors and grads leaving the Uni-
versity in June to look for jobs
must register with the Bureau
now. Weekly bulletins are sent to
to wear them long enough to learn
to interpret the new sounds and
as a result, Prof. Furstenberg be-
lieves, there are probably more
hearing aids in bureau drawers
than in active use.
Defect of Hearing
People who wear hearing aids
do not hear the same sounds that
the ordinary ear transmits, ac-
cording to Prof. Albert C. Fursten-
berg, Dean of the Medical School.
When a person puts on a hear-
ing aid for the first time it is very
much like his "first experience
with a foreign language." But most
people do not have the patience
students who are registered listing
future interviews so that compa-
nies and students are kept abreast
of job opportunities.
HE ITINERARY for the Michigan Marching Band's trip to North-
western University read: "Oct. 17, 8 a.m. leave Ann Arbor. Oct. 19
5:30 p.m. arrive Ann Arbor." The bus was noisy as it headed towards
Evanston. Three days, two shows, three meals of swiss steak and one
night on the town later, the sleepy occupants of the busses saw the
familiar sight of Harris Hall. A few looked at their watches-it was
VISITING ENGLISHMAN-Francis J. C. Mennell, former British
Labor Party official, discusses the American way in Politics with
Prof. James K. Pollock, Chairman of the political science depart-
ment, and an interested student.
behalf of any candidate, based
on the population of his district.
Average campaign expenses of a
candidate for Parilament are
thus kept down to around $3000,"
Asked for a Britisher's view of
the threat of Communism, Men-
nell replied, "Present Soviet im-
perialism is not only a world dan-
ger but a cold and calculated sub-
versive apparatus-although there
is no danger of their winning pow-
er by open means in a free de-
"Therefore, we are not afraid
of allowing Communist newspa-
pers, party members, or school
teachers," he said.
"OF COURSE," he added, "ac-
, , ,
tive agents of the Cominform-
spies and saboteurs-are a great
danger but they are highly skilled
and must be dealt with by a high-
ly trained security organization
and not by amateurs using "blun-
"Unfounded charges of 'Com-
munist' act as a smoke screen for
real reds who are posing as solid
citizens. Reckless chasing of lib-
erals may eventually lead to a loss
of the right to differ," Mennell
"I've seen a lot of interesting
things in the U.S. but I still
haven't realized my big ambition,"
Mennell concluded. But this Sat-
urday I'm finally going to see my
first football game," he said hap-
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