Britain: A Surfeit of Setbacks

When Britain's Parliament adjourned for its summer recess at the end of last week, nobody would have been surprised to see its Conservative members run —not walk—to the exits. Prime Minister Edward Heath's fifth week in office had been marked by one bad break after another: a continuing dock strike, an untimely death in the Prime Minister's official family, a Commonwealth-wide uproar over the proposed sale of arms to South Africa, and the most serious act of violence in the hallowed House of Commons since Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot to death in a lobby there in 1812....

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