GREAT BRITAIN: Downhill in the Dark

In wartime, under the whip of demands for sacrifice, the British spirit stiffened again & again. Last week, when the British Government asked for more austerity to meet a further crisis, the British spirit simply relaxed dispiritedly. Said a London stenographer: "Surely, this is not all we have to do to put things right."

Bleak House. "This" was both too little and too much. It was not enough to give Britons a dramatic sense of back-to-the-wall fighting. Yet the new restrictions, coming on top of all the others, deepened the gloom that hung over the island. John Strachey's Food Ministry...

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