GREAT BRITAIN: The Flattened Aristocrats

The man who blueprinted the Welfare State, 72-year-old Lord Beveridge, last week surveyed the brave new world of womb-to-tomb security and sadly reported: there has been "too much leveling down."

Addressing himself to "My dear Posterity" in a talk over Britain's BBC, Beveridge complained: "The baronial hall with its troops of servants laying coal fires in every room is giving place to rows of council houses each with radiators and a television aerial ... It is not possible for anyone, however hard and well he works, to enjoy the kind of income or to make the savings for old age...

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