BRITAIN: Callaghan's Moment of Truth

Is Prime Minister Callaghan's Labor government on the way out? That seemed a real possibility after a bizarre session of Commons last week at which Labor whips ordered their members to abstain from voting on a Labor-proposed motion—which led to a resounding 293-to-0 defeat for the government. Following that odd display of parliamentary tactics, Tory Leader Margaret Thatcher demanded a vote of no confidence, which will be taken at midweek. If the government loses, Callaghan will have no choice but to ask the Queen to dissolve the House and call for new elections within weeks.

Since Callaghan has lost effective...

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