BRITAIN: Labor Gets the Sack

A historic vote leads to a most important campaign

The motion put before Parliament by the Tories was simple and straightforward: 'That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's government." By a margin of a single vote, the Commons agreed. Thus last week, in one of the most dramatic episodes in Britain's recent political history, the Labor government of Prime Minister James Callaghan went down to defeat, thereby forcing an early election. The last such sacking took place 55 years ago, when Britain's first Labor government, led by Ramsay MacDonald, lost a...

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