GREAT BRITAIN: Searchlight or Gas Jet?

For three days last week WinstonChurchill and his critics in Parliament had at each other. Then Parliament gave him the vote of confidence he asked for—464-to-1—but it was not confidence without qualifications.

The single opposition vote was cast by lank-haired, intense James Maxton, one of Parliament's three ultra-left Independent Laborites who represent Glasgow's shipyard workers.* More important, 67 of those present did not vote at all. And as far as a large part of Parliament was concerned, the vote was not wholehearted; it just seemed necessary. Afterward Winston Churchill's many critics went right on criticizing.

The vote seemed necessary because,...