Foreign News: Ready for Power

After his rambunctious foreign-policy speech, Nye Bevan was meek as a lamb when Labor's conference got under way. Reason: party unity.

The first suspicion that Nye was not going to do his usual roaring came as the delegates considered Leader Hugh Gaitskell's favorite proposal to switch from "oldfashioned nationalization" to a scheme for state buying of shares in key industries (TIME, July 29). Bevan, a longtime and passionate advocate of nationalization, sat impassively on the platform as old-line Socialists jeered Gaitskell from the floor. "Sheer capitalism," yelled a delegate. "I'd better take off me...

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