Britain: Doffing the Cloth Cap

Prime Minister Harold Wilson had just finished talking about how the rest of the world envied the British "for our tolerance, for our individual liberty, for our stability" when—splat!—a young Conservative hit him with an egg. At other rallies, the Prime Minister caught a soft-boiled egg on his shoulder and a hard-boiled egg on his ear, and his wife Mary was hit by a bag of talcum powder. So it went, as Britain plunged into a three-week national election campaign.

At least the egg throwers showed interest in the proceedings. Traditionally, Britons in...

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