GREAT BRITAIN: Enduring the Public Nuisance

Britain's Defense Minister Lord Alexander was lolling on a front bench reserved for, but seldom occupied by, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who ranks as the first peer of England next to the royal family. There was a sudden stir: Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, was entering the House of Lords.

With the embarrassed grin of a school boy, Old Soldier Alexander leaped to his feet and clambered clumsily over four other lords to his proper seat. Britain's primate smiled graciously and took his place.

He had come to discuss the antics of the Red Dean of Canterbury, who...

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