Foreign News: Labor Conscripted

On May 22, 1940 the British Parliament passed an Emergency Powers Defense Act giving the Government full control over everybody and everything. As Minister of Labor, horny-handed Ernest Bevin could —if he chose—walk into London's stuffy Athenaeum Club, tap the Archbishop of Canterbury on his bald pate and order him to Sussex to dig trenches. Having, as the London Times put it, placed "our ancient liberties ... in pawn for victory," Britons wondered what their Government intended to do about it. Last week they found out.

Bolstered with statistics, Minister Bevin appeared before the...

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