GREAT BRITAIN: The Bug Is Boss

Sixty-four influenza-stricken M.P.s (35 Laborites, 29 Tories) got out of bed one day last week, went to the House of Commons, cast their votes. When the sneezing died down, the government had defeated, by 300 votes to 289, another Conservative attempt to topple it. The issue: a Tory motion censuring the government for Britain's critical coal shortage.

Headlined London's Daily : THE BUG is BOSS. It said, "The influenza bug ... can unseat the government any day . . . Government by influenza is the latest phase of a year in which Mr....