GREAT BRITAIN: The Hit & Runner

Early in April, Laborite Aneurin Bevan sideswiped a bus at Gerrard's Cross in Beaconsfield, recovered control of his Humber Hawk and sped on. Haled to Beaconsfield to face a magistrate last week, Nye made his feeble excuses: "I realize I should have stopped but I was anxious to avoid . . . publicity." The court brushed the plea aside, slapped a fine of $166.10 (including costs) on Britain's most freewheeling public figure and took away his license for three months.

Laborite Bevan's reckless political course, leading to his resignation from his party's parliamentary committee (TIME, April 29), was also getting...

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