Britain: Down with Reforms

Only two months ago, Prime Minister Harold Wilson told the House of Commons: "The bill is an essential bill—essential to the balance of payments, essential to full employment. It is an essential component in ensuring the economic success of the government." Wilson was staking his credibility on the proposal of Mrs. Barbara Castle, the fiery Minister of Employment and Productivity, to empower the government to intervene in labor disputes. Last week, Wilson abandoned that first basic British labor reform in 60 years.

The Prime Minister capitulated after members of the Trades Union Congress voted 8,252,000 to 359,000 against the bill, which...

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