GREAT BRITAIN: Win with Winnie

Not until the stroke of noon on the second day of the conference did Winston Churchill arrive in theater-like Central Hall, Westminster. He made his entrance with the grandeur of royalty. In front, with mincing step, walked Party Chairman Ralph Assheton. Behind came a retinue of Cabinet Ministers. The 2,000 delegates waved agenda sheets in well-bred excitement, burst into a politely modulated For He's a Jolly Good Fellow. Rosy-cheeked and beaming, in tail coat and striped trousers, "Winnie" waved back. Then he launched into his speech.

The scene was the annual conference of the Conservative Party, in London. Over the meeting...