The Press: Mare's Nest

"The foulest piece of journalism perpetrated in [Britain] for many a long year—and that is certainly saying something . . ." The caustic editorialist was Michael Foot, 37, wiry, wily Laborite M.P., co-editor of the Socialist weekly Tribune (circ. 20,000) and onetime acting editor of Lord Beaverbrook's Tory London Evening Standard. What had roused Foot's wrath was the way the Standard (circ. 871,000) had handled John Strachey's appointment as Secretary of State for War (TIME, March 13).

Strachey's promotion was announced the same day Communist Spy Klaus Fuchs was convicted. The Standard...