BRITAIN: Artful Dodging

Prime Minister Harold Wilson is the Artful Dodger of British politics. Throughout his long parliamentary career, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to move swiftly from position to position as the moment dictates. In the days immediately following last month's election, Wilson sounded almost as conservative as Tory Leader Edward Heath in talking about the need for national unity to solve Britain's economic problems. But last week, in the Queen's speech from the throne outlining the government's policy for the year ahead, Wilson seemed very much an orthodox socialist.

The change of heart,...

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