Foreign News: Belated Discovery

In matters of civil rights, Britain is as jealous of its virtue as a girl with a fallen sister; the fallen sister, Britons make clear, is the U.S.

But last week some Britons shrieked that freedom was in peril, others clucked that care must be exercised. For the first time, Britons were grappling with the problem that the U.S. had been sweating out for years amidst British taunts of "McCarthyism": the importance of a man's associations and beliefs.

The case involved John Lang, a 46-year-old assistant solicitor who had worked five years for Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd.. Britain's chief maker of chemicals. Last...

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