CONFERENCES: Pals

Britain's Ernest Bevin was tired and blue around the gills when he came ashore at Colombo, Ceylon to attend the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Conference. "I can't stand this climate," said Bevin. "It's like August bank holiday on Hampstead Heath." His hosts arranged to have him carried in a sedan chair with four strong bearers. Said a friend to Bevin: "You are using a means of transportation which your old union* would not approve."

Last week as the ministers ended six days of sessions, Bevin was reminded again of his union days. Summing up...

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