THIS WEEK IN 1973: Meaty talks for the PMÂ and pensionersÂ
After his meeting with Portsmouth's pensioners, prime minister Edward Heath said none of them went without because ofÂ their small pension.Â
Mr Heath's meeting with 20 pensioners, said to represent a fair cross-section of the city's senior citizens, took place behind closed doors at the Guildhall.Â
The prime minister expressed the view that his Conservative government had done a lot for pensioners. However one pensioner told The News that Â£10 per week was not enough to live onÂ and buy a joint ofÂ meat.
Ruby Bodenham said: '˜I asked Mr Heath if he would like to live for two weeks on the money anÂ old pensioner has. He didn't really have an answer.'
Beatrice Atkins told Mr Heath that she had to manage on an income of Â£10.05, of which Â£4.04 went on rent.Â
'˜I told him I can rarely afford a joint of meat.'
About 30 demonstratorsÂ representing trade unions and the International SocialistsÂ chanted and wavedÂ banners as the prime minister was driven to the Guildhall. He replied with a smile and a wave.Â