GREAT BRITAIN: Mercy for Sir John

Sir John Anderson, Lord President of the Council since 1940 and No. 2 man in Winston Churchill's War Cabinet, was indirectly threatened with imprisonment last week unless he watched his step. A civil servant since 1905, Sir John became known as "The Man Without Mercy" for his administration (as joint Under Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) of Britain's Black and Tan police during the Irish Rebellion of 1919-21 and for his stern rule as Bengal's Governor from 1932 to 1937.

As Lord Privy Seal in Neville Chamberlain's Cabinet, Sir John expertly worked out plans for the evacuation of 3,000,000...

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