Foreign News: Voices in the Exchequer

Even friendly Labor Party M.P.s were passing on the rumor: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stafford Cripps, was hearing voices. One newsman put the question straight to him: Did he hear voices or didn't he? Instead of laughing, Cripps rubbed his chin thoughtfully for a long moment, then answered seriously, with a sentence that would have stunned Joan of Arc's judges: "I don't think so—at least not yet."

For the past few months, Cripps has suffered from insomnia. He has been keenly aware of public censure of his decision to devalue the pound. Friends say he is considering a year of...

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