Foreign News: Scrambled Eggs

Another ambitious Socialist scheme flapped sadly home to roost last week: the government confessed that its taxpayer-financed poultry farm in Gambia, West Africa, was a failure.

In 1949 the government had promised: "Within two years, British housewives will be getting 20 million eggs and 1,000,000 pounds of dressed poultry yearly from Gambia." The idea was that cheap native (nonunion) labor could grow feed for the chicks and harvest the eggs, but trouble hatched early. An American appointed to head the project got $14,000 to buy hatching eggs from Rhode Island Reds. Beaverbrook's Daily...

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