Britain: Happy Return

Tony Benn wins a by-election

It was the largest field ever in British electoral history, and with 17 candidates in the race, the ceremonial reading of the results droned on and on. But Chesterfield's returning officer dutifully completed the list, noting without so much as a smile that Pop Singer Lord Sutch of the Monster Raving Loony Party had won 178 votes and College Student Giancarlo Piccaro of the Official Acne Party (its avowed aim: eradication of the skin disorder) had somehow picked up 15 votes. The Conservative candidate, Nicholas Bourne, polled...

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