GREAT BRITAIN: Bleak Tidings

Victorious Britons hoped to let out their long-tightened belts. Instead, their new Labor Government ordered them taken in another notch. War-torn Britain was entering the harsh climate of peace.

Even before the cornucopia of Lend-Lease was shut (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), Britain was in a sorry plight. In one grim week came these additional hammer blows:

¶ Board of Trade President Sir Stafford Cripps cut clothing coupons 25% for the next eight months. Shabby, shiny-coated Britons would become even more threadbare, women would go without stockings and woolen underwear for another winter. Reconversion of textile mills from munitions-making would take a...

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