1970-1979 | Backing Apartheid | Backing repressive regimes | South Africa

1 NOVEMBER

MINISTERS UNABLE TO SAY IF BRITAIN IS AT WAR AS CAIRO AIRPORT IS BOMBED

[ 1 November 1956 ]

On 1 November 1956, an editorial in the Daily Mail was headlined ‘Britain at War’, however neither Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd nor Minister of Defence Antony Head were able to confirm whether or not Britain was actually at war with Egypt.

BRITAIN VETOES FULL ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

[ 1 November 1977 ]

Today in 1977, Britain joined the United States and France in vetoing a United Nations resolution calling on all nations to implement full economic sanctions on apartheid South Africa.  Tony Benn, Secretary of State for Energy in Britain’s Labour government,  commented in his diary that ‘it is no good pretending our action is in the best interests of South Africa; it is purely that we have so many investments there.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. Ruth Winstone (editor), Tony Benn: Conflicts of Interest: Diaries 1977-80, Arrow Books, London, 1991, p. 238.
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