World: Britain: The Quiet Revolution

SHORTLY after the Tories' upset victory last June, Edward ("Ted") Heath invited a few colleagues in for tea at 10 Downing Street. When someone remarked the new Prime Minister's Steinway had already been installed in the drawing room, Heath sat down at the keyboard and began to play. After he had completed an entire Beethoven sonata, he stood up. "I'm sorry," he said, "but, gentlemen, when I start something, I always finish it."

During his first four months in office, many Britons wondered whether the Prime Minister would ever start anything. He seemed to spend so much of his time sailing his...

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