GREAT BRITAIN: Inevitability of Gradualness

Nothing that the war had done to England was so important. Last week, with no more warning than a gliding buzz-bomb, the Conservative Government launched its "prosperity and happiness program," Lord Woolton's plan for cradle-to-grave social security. Famed Sir William Beveridge, stepfather of the plan, gave it his blessing, even thought it an improvement on his own. To most people it looked like "socialism in our time."

The plan had come with that inevitability of gradualness which is woven into British history. It had taken five years of war to speed up an...

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