Foreign News: Stinking Fish

A 17th Century English proverb posed it thus: "Does ever any man cry stinking fish to be sold?" "Stinking fish" is a phrase much heard in Britain these days. Those to whom Britain's present or future looks dark are charged with "crying stinking fish." Optimists and apologists for Britain's troubles bravely insist: "I'm not going to cry stinking fish." The sense of it: don't sell Britain short.

For almost 20 years, George Turner had worked dutifully as a policeman in London's stinking Billingsgate fish market. At last came a vacancy in the sergeancy rank,...

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