Nye Bevan was a changed and embittered man. Ever since he broke with Clement Attlee over the Labor Party's support for a Southeast Asia alliance and German rearmament, Bevan had kept to himself. Night after night he sat brooding in the "Bevanite" corner of the Commons' Smoke Room with one or two henchmen. Only rarely did the old wit flash out, the great laugh boom.

Some said he had the death wish on him, some that he had taken the hit-run motor incident (TIME, May 3) badly and was deeply ashamed at driving on...

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