BRITAIN: Not All Right Now, Jack

WAVING a scrap of paper over his head, British Home Secretary Robert Carr rose to speak in the House of Commons. "Message from the Queen, signed by her Majesty's own hand!" he shouted. The paper, which Carr had brought by boat and plane from the royal yacht Britannia, on which Queen Elizabeth II had been cruising off the west coast of Scotland, was a declaration of a national state of emergency. It was the fourth such declaration that Britain's Tory government has had to seek since coming to power two years ago. The...