Great Britain: Dawdling No More

Faced with five by-elections this month and the highest unemployment rate (2.1%) in three years, impatient Tories have been muttering that line from that old backbench ditty: "Stop dawdling, Maudling." In his first major House of Commons speech since he succeeded Selwyn Lloyd as Chancellor of the Exchequer four months ago, Reginald Maudling last week presented a long-awaited "policy of expansion" that surprised even the most skeptical Tories with its boldness. When he had finished, he left no doubt that the economy was to dawdle no more.

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