Foreign News: What Politics Is About

At the beginning of the week. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was plainly in trouble. Lord Salisbury, the remote and formidable Kingmaker (as the British press liked to call him), had abruptly quit the government over its freeing of Archbishop Makarios (TIME, April 8). Tory M.P.s were muttering about the "intense humiliation" Macmillan had brought on the country in Bermuda by making Britain dependent on U.S. guided missiles—minus their nuclear warheads. Within Britain itself 1,700,000 workers were still out on strike, and the pound sterling was fluttering.

Ominously, the News Chronicle's latest Gallup poll showed that if a general election were held now,...

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