World: A Question of Original Sin

Back in 1961, Laborites savagely denounced the Conservative government for its introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill, designed to stem the flood of coloreds into Britain. Sir Eric Fletcher called it a "blot on our statute book." Denis Healey angrily echoed the words of the Times: "The bill strikes at the roots of Britain's traditional liberal attitude towards immigration, at the preservation of good Commonwealth relations, and at the belief that Britain is without original sin in the matter of color discrimination." Healey's pledge: Labor would repeal the act if it came back to power.

In London last week, Prime Minister Harold...

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