Foreign News: Blacketeers

Their Cabinet nicely tidied up again (see p. 28), the British people turned from grousing about Winston Churchill to grousing about the black market, whose thousands of outlawed operators have made huge fortunes by trading scarce and rationed goods. Said the liberal London Star: "There has never been anything quite like it in this country—certainly not since the 18th-Century organization of thieves and highwaymen."

Crying for quick action, 82% of the people, according to the latest Gallup poll, favor outright imprisonment of guilty "blacketeers." But Britain's eminent Solicitor General Sir William Jowitt, who knows more than anyone about the extent and ramifications...

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