Britain: After the Week That Was

As Thatcher tidies her Cabinet, the opposition regroups

Following a monthlong campaign whirl that ended with the thumping re-election of Margaret Thatcher, Britons could be forgiven last week for dearly wishing a respite from political news. It was not to be. Not only did the Prime Minister continue to tidy up her Cabinet, but a pair of opposition leaders, Laborite Michael Foot, 69, and the Social Democrat Roy Jenkins, 62, decided to call it quits. As members of the Liberal Party began grumbling about their alliance with the Social Democratic Party (S.D.P.), their...

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