The World: Commons Rules the Waves

One of the most exclusive clubs in England opened itself to electronic eavesdropping last week. The cut and thrust of parliamentary debate has often been touted as the best show in town. Winston Churchill was known to prepare for Commons debate by rehearsing one-liners in his bath. Until last week, however, the audience was limited to the lucky few whose passes admitted them to a cramped and remote area of the House of Commons known as "the Strangers' Gallery." Deciding it was time to pillory each other more publicly, the M.P.s recently voted to permit live radio broadcasts of their floor...

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