For the first time in 50 years, because of Britain's economic crisis, Budget Day had been moved up early, before the new fiscal year begins. Members of the House of Commons overflowed the benches and squatted on their haunches in the gangways when Chancellor of the Exchequer Richard A. Butler strode in with an old red dispatch box in his hand. The ragged little red box was the same one in which keepers of the British Treasury since Gladstone's day have brought the annual budget to the House. Never did it contain...

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