In a flourish of ceremony and sentiment, Britain's 41st Parliament-last week held its final session. Wigged and white-ruffled, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod summoned M.P.s to hear Queen Elizabeth's dissolution speech. Less than an hour later, the Queen's writs went out to 630 parliamentary constituencies, and Britain's 1959 election campaign was officially under way.

Already both of Britain's major parties were flexing their muscles for the march to the polls on Oct. 8. With the immemorial piety of the ins, Tory Party Chairman Lord Hailsham earnestly proclaimed: "I repudiate mudslinging...

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