GREAT BRITAIN: Liberal Future


Maybe the phrases in London's overcrowded, smoke-fogged Caxton Hall failed to echo the thunder of Palmerston, the precision of Gladstone or the delicacy of Asquith. But the 800 delegates to the Liberal Party's annual conference last week, and the public which got it secondhand, agreed that the meanings did no dishonor to British Liberalism's revered granddaddies.

In the 82 years between the Liberal Party's birth and World War I, Liberal Governments under nine Prime Ministers ruled Britain for 52 years. With Ramsay MacDonald's Laborites and the Tories monopolizing political luster since 1922,...

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