Britain's Commonwealth, like all families, is harder to hold together as everyone grows up. Last April when Britain's prime Minister Harold Macmillan decided to call a conference of his fellow P.M.s throughout the Commonwealth, there seemed to be plenty for the family to talk about. Mother Britain's new defense cutbacks, its flirtation with the European Free Trade Area, and the economic and political aftermaths of the Suez incident (which threatened to break up the Commonwealth) were all family matters requiring friendly discussion. But when the time came to discuss them in...

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