Foreign News: Retort Courteous

Food Minister John Strachey, who keeps Britons' rations short, is long of nose, patience and temper. He has smiled tolerantly through many a public heckling from food-short Britons. Last week he got it hot & heavy again from howling Scots housewives in his own constituency at Dundee: "We want food; we don't want empty promises." Outside, after the speech, a crowd of women gave him a raucous parting boo. There was clearly nothing a gentleman could say, but what a gentleman could do John Strachey did: very courteously, he tipped his hat.

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