NEW ZEALAND: Problems in Politics

Since World War II began. New Zealand politics have simmered in a sticky Cabinet stew. Last week they came to a boil. The Labor Government, with a comfortable majority at the war's beginning, agreed in the interest of National unity to admit the Nationalist (conservative) Opposition to the Cabinet. To satisfy Labor members who disliked the idea, two Cabinets were established, one to run the war, another to run internal affairs. Two of the five War Cabinet members were from the National Opposition.

Soon it became obvious that the very move made to unite the country divided it. Labor and...

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