Great Britain: Last of the Amateurs

"I come to the promises which I have always made to you," Tory Leader Sir Alec Douglas-Home last week told a hushed group of Conservative M.P.s. "The first is that I would never allow disunity in the party, least of all over myself; the second, that I would tell you when I considered that the time was right to hand over the leadership to another." With that Sir Alec announced that the time had come: after 21 months and three days, first as Prime Minister and then Opposition Leader, he was relinquishing his position as the top Tory.

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