4 JUNE 1971, Page 7

The Cabinet and unemployment

And then, however you slice it, it's still boloney to try to pretend that the Broms- grove result was anything but a Tory dis- aster that was to be attributed to public dis- satisfaction. The causes? Central Office backroom boys know perfectly well, and so do local ward chairmen: rising prices, unemployment, the Common Market. The public is also beginning to grasp that actually joining the Market will make prices rise even further and faster than they are doing.

What the public has not yet grasped is what some if not all members of the Cabinet know but dare not reveal: that the effect of entry into the Common Market will also in all likelihood be to produce as great an increase in unemployment as it will in prices. Mr Wilson, it may be taken for granted, will have thought of this.