Britain: Rout in the Towns

Throughout its long democratic history, Britain has seldom had a more unpopular government than that of Prime Minister Harold Wilson's — or one so entrenched despite its low standing. After months during which its vote and its esteem from Britons have steadily declined, the Labor Party last week suffered its most extensive and embarrassing defeat yet.

Laborites had expected at least small losses in Britain's local elections, chiefly because of the sluggish economy and austerity at home, but they experienced a shocker. From one end of Britain to the other, voters toppled Labor from control of town halls.

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