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muddling through will prevail," an official confided to me. It surprised no one when West minster emerged from the shake up as a powerful new borough af ter absorbing two old neighboring boroughs. Westminster had long been the home of Parliament. It had long been rich-and, with its revised boundaries, became even richer, with a rateable (taxable) value of more than £100,000,000 ($280,000,000), twice as much as any other British municipality. The little City, too, had long been rich and prestigious. But, un like Westminster, it was, and is, controversial. Businessmen, or ganized into anachronistic trade guilds inherited from the Middle Ages, run the financial sector as they would a gentlemen's club. They run it efficiently and honest ly through the Lord Mayor and a 771 It 34J-OUUI-HMIH HELL BUILDING) BY ALLANC. FISHER, JR.; EKTACHROMEBYJAMES P. BLAIR (g) N.G.S . Big Ben's famous voice bongs the hour from its tower above West minster Bridge. The Union Jack flying from Victoria Tower proclaims Parliament in session. New skyscrapers dominated by 28-story Port land House (right, background) rise behind Westminster landmarks. Four-thousand-year-old Egyptian statuette captivates a school girl in the British Museum. Its treasures-among them the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin marbles, and a First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays-prompted the oft-quoted remark: "Lucky are those who are unmarried, independent, and living near the British Museum."