11.1 POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN
Public Record Office
REF: FCO 37/467
British High Commission,
1/49 29 January,1969
Sir John Johnston, K.C.M.G.,
I realise of course that in your present mood in
2. 1 do not think myself that the time has yet come for me to attempt a reassessment of the present situation. The situation is fluid and until we know a little more about how the President's views are developing it is very difficult to assess developments over the next few months.
notice, however, that both on the B.B.C. and in British newspapers there are
continual reports about the disturbances here. Certainly Roy Fox has had a
fairly bad time in
4. In brief, we have a fascinating but changing situation in which there is neither need for flap, apprehension nor yet particular perturbation.
5. A great deal depends on the assessment of the reaction of individual key people and in particular the President. We may know a little more after the President's "First of the Month" broadcast on Saturday. Frankly it is extremely difficult to make that assessment, not least because they have not made up their minds themselves. When I feel we can say something coherent and useful I shall say it.
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