GREAT BRITAIN: The Guillotine

Seventy years ago, Lord Randolph Churchill delivered a stinging attack on the use of cloture to cut short debate in Britain's Parliament. "The cloture is," said he as quoted in a biography written by his son, "absolutely foreign to all our principles." Last week in the House of Commons, Lord Randolph's son imposed cloture's twin brother, a rarely used debate-halting procedure called "the guillotine."

So windy and long were Labor's objections to the Tory proposal to charge modest fees for Labor's pet socialized medicine that in three days only nine lines of the bill had been dealt with by the...

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