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Planty Palliser Speaks

From John Podhoretz, who reads everything: “Decimal coinage was an issue in England dating back to the 1860s. How do I know? Because Plantagenet Palliser, the remarkable figure at the center of Trollope’s Palliser novels, is obsessed with it — and nearly gets it through Parliament before his prime ministership is torpedoed.”

Hmm. Perhaps Wilson and Heath were able to put through the new, decimalized currency with such ease in 1971 because Britons had long ago come to see the old system of pounds, shillings and pence as cumbersome. And if this is so, then the decimalization of the currency in 1971 has no implications for the adoption or rejection of the European constitution today.

From the penny to Trollope to the European constitution. Only in The Corner.



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