GREAT BRITAIN: Little Man's Budget

It was late—4:19 p.m.—before Prime Minister Churchill retired at the end of the question period. He had put the House of Commons in a gay mood by his deft handling of tricky questions. As the speaker left the chair, the sergeant at arms, dressed in court black, advanced solemnly up the aisle, removed the mace from the table, and set it in the bracket underneath. This put the House "in committee of the Whole House," ready to consider any bill concerned with money.

Up from the Treasury bench rose round, pink-faced Chancellor of the Exchequer...

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