Great Britain: Surgery Before Diagnosis?

To mounting speculation that Britain is headed for a general election this fall, Tories and Laborites last week gave the country a lively foretaste of the campaign to come. During a two-day House of Commons debate on Dr. Richard Beeching's drastic reorganization program for the nation's ailing, anachronistic railway system (TIME, April 5), Labor, which decried the government's plans as "political" window dressing, set up a crescendo of jeers that thoroughly rattled the Tory advocate, Transport Minister Ernest Marpies. But the noise hardly concealed the fact that most Laborites wholeheartedly favor modernizing the state-owned railways, which cost...

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