GREAT BRITAIN: To Improve the Breed

In London last week, His Majesty's Stationery Office released a 289-page document, the long-awaited report of the Royal Commission on Population. The London Economist called it "one of the great state papers of this generation."

The report, compiled over five years at a cost of £200,000, contained some startling specific proposals which were probably less important than its broad analysis of population prospects. In its analysis, the report punches holes in two myths, one old, one new. The prewar myth was that Britain's birth rate would continue to decline, causing a drastic drop in Britain's population. The postwar myth was...

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