BRITAIN: A Triumph for Lunacy

Labor lurches leftward in a rowdy party conference

Looking out over the gilded hall, where shouting matches were degenerating into fistfights, the conference chairwoman, Lena Jeger, rapped her gavel and shook her head like an angry schoolmarm. "This isn't a football match!" she cried over the pandemonium. "We are making a spectacle of ourselves!" So it seemed. At the very time when Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government was slumping and vulnerable to possible attack, some 1,250 Labor Party delegates trekked to the seaside resort of Blackpool for their annual conference last week and...

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