It was a warm little family ceremony that could have happened only in Britain's House of Commons. "In these days," said Prime Minister Clement Attlee, from the government front bench, "75 is not a venerable age. People seem to be able to continue for several decades after that—yet 75 does mark a distinct stage in one's life. I am sure that we all rejoice to see the right honorable gentleman in full health and activity, and wish him many more years."

Amid cheers and cries of "Hear! Hear!" a portly and cherubic figure rose from the opposition benches. His eyes...

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