GREAT BRITAIN: Oblong for Democracy

Logic, the Prime Minister said, had proved fatal to parliamentary government. Logic, Churchill added without a smile, created the semicircular assemblies "which give every member not only a seat to sit in but often a desk with a lid to bang. . . and enable every individual or group to move around the center adopting various shades of pink according to how the weather changes." In an oblong chamber, where those who support the government face those who oppose it, "crossing the floor requires serious consideration."

Honorable members laughed and cheered. Winnie was in top form, and...

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