BRITISH WEST INDIES: Birth of a Nation

A new nation—the British Caribbean Federation—was born in London last week as 16 delegates from the British West Indies signed a list of agreements over disputed points in its draft constitution. After ten years of planning and two weeks of tough, full-time bargaining, the mood of the signing was one of quiet satisfaction rather than jubilation. As he wrote his name, Trinidad's Albert Gomes put the feeling into words: "I am sure this is an excellent constitution—because it does not please any of us entirely."

Typical of those not entirely pleased was Jamaica's Chief...