9 OCTOBER 1971, Page 7


Thursday, September 30: The Foreign Office confirmed that Russian trade official Oleg Lyalin, was the mystery defector after he had failed to appear at a Marlborough Street court, while at the UN, Sir Alec Douglas-Home insisted the expulsions were aimed at improving relations with the USSR. The Rev tan Pt. .;lay's meeting with Mr Maudling in London was followed by a night of explosions in Belf-tst. At the IMF, US Treasury Secretary, John Connally, remained opposed to dollar devaluation.

Friday, October 1: It was learnt that ttsylum had been granted to Lyalin's Russian girl; rend while, in Pravda, Kim Philby denounced the recent British actions. As Lord Car ,ton launched a recruiting drive for the Ulster Defence Regiment, a fifth Green Howard was shot dead in Belfast. The Tories just held Macclesfield despite an 8.4 swing to Lahour, the US dock strike spread to the East Coast and with no national parade and no Mao, Chou en-Lai led the celebrations in Peking's parks.

Saturday, October 2: There were no survivors when a BEA Vanguard crashed near (Thent, Belgium. As British residents endured police harassment in Moscow, a counter-attack in Pravda accused British businessmen of spying. In Belfasl., 15,000 joined the funeral procession of two men killed in Wednesday's pub explosion, Joe Sewell was wanted in connection with a further murder in Wales and Emperor Hirohito arrived in Paris for lunch with the Pompidous.

Sunday, October 3: As the bulk of expelled Russians set sail from Tilbury, there were signs that France might follow the British FO line. On the eve of the Labour conference Barbara Castle and Michael Foot vigorously attacked the pro-Market Roy Jenkins, bringing into question his position as Deputy Leader; in South Vietnam an easy success was predicted for President Thieu in his one-man election and President Pompidou watched Britain's Mill Reef gallop away with the Arc de Triomphe.

Monday, October 4: One Scots Guard was killed and five injured in an explosion at an Army observation post, while elsewhere in Belfast troops captured several large hauls of ammunition. At Brighton Labour voted five to one against the Market and New Zealand butter went up lp a lb. After a noisy meeting Rolls-Royce went into liquidation, Christopher Chataway launched a Ei million drive to catch TV licence dodgers and a man claiming to be the Belgian Vermeer thief demanded a ransom of Eli million in the form of aid to Bengal.

Tuesday, October 5: Trade and Industry Minister, John Davies, told union leaders all four UCS yards were on the verge of closure following the threatened withdrawal of orders. Mr Wilson's Brighton speech cunningly implied a free hand for Jenkinsites in the crucial EEC debate in return for following the party line on consequential legislation. South African security forces pursued guerillas into Zambia, Brian Faulkner made a tough speech at Stormont, and the Japanese Emperor, greeted warmly by the Establishment, was met in silence by the British people.

Wednesday, October 6: Mrs Barbara Castle was sixty, and helped persuade the Labour party to give up compulsory incomes policy for ever. The Paris Metro sent on strike and parking metres came into operation in the city. The Emperor of Japan was advised not to go to Holland for fear of assassination, and the Ministry of Transport said they were going to make driving licences last a lifetime.