GREAT BRITAIN: How Basic Is Basic?

To British motorists, the Government's ending of the "basic petrol ration" last fall had seemed the last heartbreaking straw in the load of enforced joylessness. Except for business and in hardship cases, they would not get one drop of gas for their cars. Even "basic" had been skimpy. The driver of a 30-miles-to-the-gallon Austin could go only 270 miles a month. With the end of "basic" he had nothing for a drive to the station, an occasional shopping trip, or a weekend spin in the country with the family.

Nearly 2,000,000 Britons signed protest petitions which were solemnly lugged into the...

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