GREAT BRITAIN: Death of a Paradox

One day in the 19303, the owner of a big Welsh coal company in Cardiff dropped in at the office of Britain's highest-paid corporation lawyer, to pay him for winning a big case for the company. The fee was 2,000 guineas ($10,000). Unblinkingly, the capitalist started to write a check, but the lawyer interrupted. "Don't bother to make it out to me," said Sir Stafford Cripps, "just make it payable to the Cardiff Labor Party."

Icy Hero. In Stafford Cripps, paradox was at home. He was a millionaire descended from a long line of rich country squires, but he was...

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