His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Viscount Halifax, once Viceroy of India, regaled the House of Lords last week with this:

"I was brought to the telephone one morning by a private and patriotic person who told me that Germany, Italy and Japan were on the point of making a joint declaration of war against this country, that several parts of the dominions were to be distributed according to plan, and that this was not a question of weeks, but of immediate days. It required some resolution on my...

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