Foreign News: Burglary Insurance

Every man and woman in Britain is supposed in theory to contribute a portion of his or her income to the nation's health insurance and unemployment fund, and Britain's imperturbable bureaucracy is intent on allowing the fewest possible exceptions to the rule. Some months ago the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance sent one Harry ("Stopper") Corke its blanks to fill out, got them back with a note from Corke scribbled on the back: "I do not need these cards. I haven't worked for 14 months. I get my living by thieving." As credentials, he could and did cite 23 convictions,...

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