World: The Loyal Opposition

The pomp and perquisites of office evaporate almost as swiftly in London as in Moscow. Within 24 hours of Labor's victory at the polls, Sir Alec Douglas-Home had to rent a car to move his household out of No. 10 Downing Street. For his Tory ministers, many of whom had held office far longer than Sir Alec, it was even more wrenching to adjust to life without liveried government limousines, green scrambler telephones, deferential aides.

"It's like a bereavement," sighed one ex-minister. "Alone, no one to talk to, nothing to do." For Sir Alec,...

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