Beneath their annoyingly impeccable manners the British were annoyed. Irritation over clumsy U.S. ways of springing delicate international mines finally became vocal over the President's offhand announcement of the disposition of the Italian fleet (TIME, March 13). Last week, Britons wanted Cousin Sam (lately, and off the record, they have been calling him "Uncle Spam") to know that they did not like his style. They chose their foremost forum, the floor of the House of Commons, gave Winston Churchill a bad half-hour answering polite but insistent questions from both sides of the House.

There was no great complaint in the House...

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