GREAT BRITAIN: By Their Own Bootstraps

Seldom before had a session of the House of Commons been marked with such quiet expectancy. Like schoolboys ranged in ranks before the headmaster on Prize Day, the members sat, knowing perfectly well what was coming (it had been discussed in smoking rooms and pubs for weeks), but still eager to have the official word spoken. At last, in a lengthy statement uninterrupted by a single sound, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan told them what they had all been waiting to hear: every member was to get a raise in pay.

It had been...

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