ETHIOPIA: Fit To Be Free

"The Ethiopians have shown that they are fit to be free."

Thus last week Foreign Under Secretary Richard Kidston Law* explained to BBC listeners why the British Government had finally got round to restoring the independence of Ethiopia.

But the two-year pact which King of Kings Haile Selassie signed with the Brit ish Government bore little resemblance to Magna Charta. In return for $10,000,000 in cash, the Lion of Judah handed . the British a blank check. According to the agreement, British judges and assessors will sit on the benches of Ethiopian courts, the Ethiopian police force will be officered by Britons.

The...