The news from London last week was that five Prime Ministers of the British Commonwealth, assembled in their first conference of World War II, had not agreed to play Big-Power politics in the postwar world. Instead, their only agreement so far had been on a scheme which might be a check against Big-Power politics.

Gone by the board, until further notice, were all proposals to solidify Britain and her Dominions in a single, commonly directed power-bloc. Endorsed, at least in principle, was a new League of Nations (details: unannounced). Within a new League, the Dominions might gather around Britain as closely...

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