Foreign News: I've Got to Upset Somebody

Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin's job at Southport was to convince the T.U.C. that Britain was not subservient to the U.S. He did it, sweeping the delegates with him on a flood of vigorous, if ungrammatical, oratory. "Eee, Ernie gave 'em something, didn't he?" grinned delegates.

Laborite Bevin, like any Tory imperialist, plumped for an imperial economic union. Rumbled big Ernie: "I hope our Commonwealth and certainly the [colonial] Empire will agree as to the possibility of a customs union. . . . There are tremendous resources—diamonds for industrial purposes, lead, mica, asbestos, copper and...

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