GOVERNMENT: Chaos, Come Again

One of the standbys of conservative Punch, English crypto-humorous weekly, is A. P. Herbert, author and Independent M.P. who usually votes Conservative. In Parliament and Punch he has good-humoredly scolded his countrymen for bureaucratic gobbledygook, antiquated divorce and drinking laws. A fortnight ago, in Punch, Herbert broke some sharp pentameters against the windmills of Government planning. Excerpts:

Return, sweet Chaos: come, the Bad Old Days Before the Wise Men watched about our ways, When Ministers had not annoyed the Sun, Not much was Planned, but many things were Done . . . Come, even loathly Private Enterprise. . . .

So, gentle...

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