One day last week, Prime Minister Clement Attlee summoned his ministers to the white-pillared cabinet room at No. 10 Downing Street to announce that Britain's next general election would be held Feb. 23.

No More Money. The meeting lasted only 30 minutes. Then Attlee took his wife to a matinee at the Criterion to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. The play was a farce based on the plight of rich Britons stranded in a swank Swedish hotel after having spent all the money (£50) Attlee's government allows tourists to take out of Britain....

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