World: Out of the Ghetto

When British Attorney General Douglas Hogg accepted a hereditary peerage in 1928, his son was furious. Down from Oxford stormed young Quintin McGarel Hogg, complaining that the new family title would one day keep him from becoming Prime Minister—since British Prime Ministers by tradition are chosen from the House of Commons, not the Lords. In 1950, after his father died, ambitious Tory Hogg reluctantly became the second Viscount Hailsham and thus a member of the Lords, which he described as "a political ghetto." Last week, having triumphantly returned from representing Britain at the Moscow test ban talks, Science Minister Hailsham,...

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