Margery, barmaid to the House of Commons, poured a double Scotch for dour, flushed parliamentary Labor Party Boss Arthur Greenwood. Sipping, he sighed: "That blasted bill! Ehh, what a life!"

"That blasted bill" embodied the Churchill Government's first legislative step toward the postwar reconstruction of Britain. It had also faced Arthur Greenwood and his Laborites with a choice between: 1) swallowing their principles;

2) wrecking the Government Coalition;

3) doing nothing. Prudently, they chose to do nothing.

Land Dilemma. In the midst of the blitz, Winston Churchill had heartened Britons with the promise...

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