GREAT BRITAIN: Five Days Notice

The most important British news last week, though it made not even small headlines, was the quiet departure for Berlin of Sir Robert and Lady Vansittart.

Brilliant and saturnine "Van," as Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and many another British bigwig call him with affection and respect, is Permanent Undersecretary and real boss of the Foreign Office. The old diplomacy at its best, adapted to 1936, is his profession, and with Sir Robert at their elbow a succession of British Foreign Secretaries have finally seen the facts of British weakness and the necessity of...

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