British Election, 1970

Archive Report

Features of Current Political Campaign

Candidates for seats in the House of Commons to be elected by British voters on Thursday, June 18, now have passed the mid-point of the traditional three-week campaign. The new House will meet on June 29 to begin the swearing-in of members and to elect the Speaker. The Queen's Speech on July 2 will formally open the next session of Parliament. Although this orderly British process is often held up as a standard which others should follow, not all Englishmen stand in awe of their campaign procedures. The New Statesman said on its cover, May 22, that the current three-week electoral exercise was likely to produce “an orgy of parochialism, a spate of minor domestic statistics, an auction of national ...

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