GREAT BRITAIN: Labor & the Bomb

Though it was Labor Prime Minister Clement Attlee who got Britain into the atom-bomb business back in 1945, left-wing British Laborites—some of them reformed fellow travelers, some of them churchly pacifists—have long called for total British renunciation of nuclear weapons. Last week, as party leaders began getting their policies set for the British general election expected possibly in October, Labor was being forced into an embarrassing re-examination of its nuclear conscience and stance.

In the eyes of most British politicians, Labor or Tory, the value of Britain's H-bomb is more diplomatic than...

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