George Bernard Shaw looked over his garden wall and snorted that Britain must sovietize her industries. For good measure he added that the British system of government, "described as the world's best, is actually the world's worst."

As usual, no one paid much attention to the irascible old vegetarian. But as usual his crack had an embarrassing resemblance to the truth. The truth: the British parliamentary system is undergoing one of the severest tests in its history. The issue: the opening of a second front in Europe.

Right Now. All signs last week pointed to a political crisis. The crisis did not...

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