Britain: Into the Ground

Like a stake driven into the ground by the repeated blows of a sledgehammer, Harold Wilson's reputation has sunk lower and lower with each passing month. In the 13 by-elections since the country as a whole went to the polls in 1966, the Prime Minister's Labor Party had lost six of its constituencies and seen the majority in its three others cut sharply. Last week, in the first by-elections since the introduction of the government's stringent new budget, the sledgehammer fell on Labor with such force that it all but buried what was left of the party's reputation. In...