World: MAUDLING: An Undeserved Reputation for Indolence

BRITAIN'S new Chancellor of the Exchequer has a voracious appetite for good food—and tackles complex economic issues with the same gusto. Youngest of six postwar Tory Chancellors (he is 45), breezy, beefy Reginald Maudling is a warm, relaxed middle-of-the-roader with a fast, fluent tongue and a nimble mind. He likes to recall the advice of his tutor at Oxford: "Philosophy progresses not by finding the answers but by progressively clarifying the questions." Reggie Maudling's talent for clarifying policy questions—and finding answers—has earned him recognition as one of the most vigorous intellects in British public life today, and a likely Prime...

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