Foreign News: Continuing Confidence

When it came to oratory in the last campaign, no Tory was more outspoken than white-haired Lord Woolton, 68, the party chairman. From the hustings, he promised British housewives that the Tories would provide "more red meat," and would not tamper with Labor's food subsidies. Once back in office, the Tories behaved not as Lord Woolton promised, but as circumstances compelled. Down went the meat ration; up went food prices as Chancellor "Rab" Butler reduced food subsidies. "Uncle Fred" Woolton (who became a household name to Britons during his able wartime administration of food rationing) was plainly embarrassed by Labor's taunts...

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