What's Sir Saying?
In their own defence, both Number 48 and the late Number 2 were allowed to address the delegates of the Assembly. However sir, the former Number 6 was shouted down by the delegates. They were not interested in hearing what sir had to say for himself. But it is possible to make out a few of the words contained in sir's speech. For example "I feel that despite the devaluation of the pound nevertheless........."
True, the pound was devalued in the UK - following rigorous attempts to control the balance of payments deficit through cost cutting and other measures during the mid-1950s; a relatively strong balance of payments enabled the government to declare the convertibility of non-resident sterling in December 1958. During 1960s, however, Britain suffered from persistent balance of payments problems, which tended to make it difficult for governments to defend the pound without heavy drains on reserves. These problems culminated in the devaluation of the pound under the Harold Wilson government in 1967.
The question is, how did the former Number 6 know about the devaluation of the pound, when he had been a Prisoner in the Village for the past 15months?
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