GREAT BRITAIN: Happy Austerity

Sir Stafford Cripps, Chancellor of the Exchequer, rejected a demand of government charwomen for a pay increase of threepence, three farthings (6.2¢) an hour. He offered them one farthing (four-tenths of 1¢) instead. One, angrier than the rest, sat down, composed a Christmas card, read it to a meeting of 1,000 sister chars. The greeting:

A happy Christmas and New Year I wish for you, Sir Stafford Dear, From one whose Christmas couldn't be leaner,

An insulted Government woman cleaner.

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