GREAT BRITAIN: Skeleton's Exit

It was as plain as Violet Attlee's red straw hat against the brown-&-black background of the Bournemouth Pavilion stage. The 1,179 Labor Party delegates to the 45th annual party conference had gathered last week to ratify policy, not to make it.

The knockabout days of previous conferences, when Laborites could take carefree pokes at the Tories and each other, were past. The rank & file of British Labor now heard their party leaders, doubling as British Cabinet ministers, report on ten months in office. Though the delegates sometimes cheered at embarrassing moments,...