Shadows Reshuffled

One of the essential features of the British parliamentary system is the shadow Cabinet. Seated on the Opposition front bench in Commons, each of its members is assigned to shadow a minister in the regular Cabinet, catch him up wherever possible, and be prepared to take over if the Opposition party comes to power.

Opposition Leader Sir Alec Douglas-Home last week reshuffled the shadows, and thereby accomplished two things: 1) a general face lift to prepare the party for new elections, which Sir Alec thinks likely before the end of the year, and 2) consolidation of his own grip as party chief...

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