GREAT BRITAIN: Arms & the Man

Winston Churchill wore an unusually subdued look as he stepped up to the despatch box in the House of Commons last week. As Minister of Defense, the old warrior, whose name and appearance Britons instinctively associate with bulldog-ging it through, faced a painfully ironic task. He announced that Britain's $13.1 billion rearmament program, which the Labor government inaugurated, will have to be cut back sharply. "There will be a lag," said Churchill glumly. "We shall not succeed in spending the £1,250 million [budgeted for] this year. Some of the program must necessarily roll forward into a future year."

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