Britain: Laboring Along

Healey holds on—just

In the hubbub of Brighton's Old Ship Hotel, the rough-hewn intellectual with the craggy brows celebrated his victory with a tulip of champagne followed by a pint of beer. For Denis Healey, there was symbolism as well as pleasure in the occasion—a signal that he was a man for all tastes. Healey had just been re-elected as the deputy leader of the Labor Party. Meanwhile, at a fish and chips place a few blocks away, Tony Benn, Healey's unsuccessful leftist challenger, sipped Coke from a can and ruminated on the sudden show of vigor from the party's moderates...

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