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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS-Social Democracy in New Garb

amongst ASEAN countries: (a) long term quantity contracts; (b) purchase finance support at preferential interest rates; (c) prefrence in procurement by government entities; (d) extension of tariff preferences; (e) other measures agreed upon. The economic ministers also considered joint approach to other world economic problems and HAROLD Wilson has decided to quit. Liberalism is hopelessly out of fashion these days. Otherwise one would have said many nice things about the rather sweet British habit of retiring from politics. British Prime Ministers may or may not do a good job of governing the country. But they certainly seem to know when to say enough is enough. We live in a world where renunciation of power does not come very easily to most people, Wilson with a mere eight years in power has decided to give up. It seems that he has been at the helm of little England's affairs longer than any Prime Minister has been during this century' This is unthinkable on this side of Suez. We in Asia have a tradition of life-long presidents. Barring the 'capitalist roaders' in Mao's land, the premiers and the presidents do not take challenges to their power very lightly. Bhutto has in fact made a former Prime Minister's son, Khairuddin, a stateless person. Now Prime Ministers' sons are not normally treated in this manner. But Khairuddin's problem was that his father's prime ministership was a matter of history. In any case he is now a sateless person for the simple reason that he has opposed his prime minister. Wilson's trouble is that he was not born a South Asian. Otherwise he would have thought of better methods of solving the problems of the Labour government.

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