A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 19, 1959

EVER since the 1948 U.S. election, newsmen the world over have been cautious about predicting overwhelming victories at the polls. Last week's balloting in Britain was no exception. Although the signs of robust prosperity that normally keep a party in power were abundant everywhere in the British Isles, and had been widely reported there and abroad, neither British and U.S. Newspapers nor TIME forecast a Tory sweep. TIME, planning this week's cover on the winner, was ready for both possibilities. Its London reporters, who had spent the campaign glued to leading candidates of...

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