Its political knees might still be arthritic, but Britain's senescent Liberal Party was halfway out of its club chair last week. Up in the border constituency of Berwick, famed Sir William Beveridge, the Liberals' greatest catch in years, had just wiped the hustings with his by-election opponent, Farmer William Donald Clark. It was not much of a fight. White-haired Farmer Clark passed round the hat at his meetings. White-haired Sir William explained his famed social-security plan, already somewhat dated by the Conservative Woolton Plan (TIME, Oct. 9) which Sir William has endorsed. Sir William's majority: 7,523.

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