Britain: Back Bench for Brother Brown

One human casualty of the gold crisis in Britain was Foreign Secretary George Brown, a man with a large reputation for unpredictability. When Prime Minister Harold Wilson called the mid night conference with the Queen at Buckingham Palace at which the government decided to declare a bank holiday, he unaccountably failed to summon Brown, even though the issue's foreign policy implications were obvious. In fact, Brown, who was listening to a debate in Commons at the time, first learned of the meeting when a fellow Labor M.P. asked him what was going on. Enraged by being left out, Brown...

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