Great Britain: Close Votes & Dark Omens

A Labor M.P. under the pressure of Harold Wilson's majority of three, lives in a state of virtual siege these days. The siege castle, of course, includes those pleasant precincts of the Palace of Westminster where a barbershop, showers, a gym, restaurants and a wine cellar exist. Nonetheless, from Monday through Thursday, Wilson's members are hostages against the dread possibility of a sudden vote in Commons in which the government might not be able to muster its slim majority—and thus might conceivably be toppled from power. Only when "paired" with an absent Tory M.P. can a Laborite be excused...

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