50 Years Ago – 21 January 1971

21 January 1971

The ongoing postal strike continued with near 100% support, although many women telephonists walked through the picket lines to ensure that the phone service continued to run. The Government said that they weren’t yet planning for the military to become involved with moving post, but that there was a significant financial cost to the strike which they hoped would soon come to an end.

Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community was discussed in the House of Commons, with Geoffrey Rippon (in main photo above) who was negotiating with the six current member countries saying that he hoped that the countries “could grow together”. Harold Lever, the Opposition Spokesman on Europe, agreed with the Government and said that if there had been less national egoism and the Common Market had been in being earlier, two world wars might have been avoided.