Foreign News: The Beaver's Foot

A strange pair in British public life have been Mephistophelean Lord Beaverbrook, 64, nominally Tory, and the editor of his deft, double-edged Evening Standard: Michael Foot, 30, cold, keen and Left. The Beaver has a weakness for tough guys, likes raising hell, hates softness in any form. Mike Foot hates old-line Tories. Last week the two deftly altered their two-year-old official relationship and deftly left their unofficial partnership untouched.

Foot was out as editor of the Standard. He had been disclosed as "Cassius," author of last month's Tory-scorching bestseller, The Trial of...

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