BRITAIN: Profile of a People

He bathes more and keeps warmer, works shorter hours, earns more and strikes more. He gets longer vacations, travels less, spends less on food, clothing and tobacco, more on housing and cars—and, if he lives in London, he sees nearly twice as much winter sunshine as he did 20 years ago. Such is the Briton of today, according to a 220-page compendium of statistics published this month by the British government under the dry title Social Trends.

The first attempt by any government to give order and sense to the plethora of facts and figures that flow from various...

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