Britain: The Best Man

Prime Minister Harold Wilson once called her "the best man in the Cabinet." That did not bother Barbara Castle. Being petite and auburn-tressed, she resembles a man—or some men—only in her determination to get a job done well. A left-wing Laborite from the cotton-milling town of Blackburn in Lancashire and the only woman in Wilson's Cabinet, Mrs. Castle, 56, has just been handed a job that would test the mettle of any male. After seven weeks as Wilson's new Minister of Employment and Productivity (she was formerly Minister of Transport), she now faces the unenviable task of persuading...