The significance of the vote was more moral than mathematical. That the House of Commons would approve Winston Churchill's part in the Yalta talks was a foregone conclusion. But that he would win that rare, almost unique honor—a unanimous, all-party vote of confidence—was a significant gesture to the world as well as to the man. The 413-to-0 vote proclaimed proudly that, after five and a half years of war, Winston Churchill was still unchallenged leader of the British people.

The Prime Minister's report on Yalta was not one of his more felicitous utterances, either in matter or manner, news or...

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