National Affairs: IT'S NOT DONE IN BRITAIN

How has Great Britain's public morality fared under the enormously increased temptations of the welfare state and government-in-business? Any mink coats? Any Bill Boyles? TIME Correspondent David Richardson cabled:

BRITAIN'S only comparable case in recent memory is the Stanley-Belcher scandal of 1948. John Belcher, a Labor M.P. and Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, was found to have accepted a gold cigarette case, a suit of clothes, unlimited hospitality, and a week's vacation at a seaside resort from one Sydney Stanley. In return, Belcher helped Stanley around the government, helped his friends get licenses for construction work on a resort hotel...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!