The Commonwealth: The White Leader

Though Prime Minister Harold Macmillan had worked to the end to keep South Africa "in the club," he no longer was in any mood to pull his punches. South Africa's racist apartheid policy, he told the House of Commons, was a "tragically misguided and perverse philosophy . . . abhorrent to the ideals towards which mankind is struggling in this century." Because of this stain on South Africa's honor, said Macmillan, the South African flag should "now be flown at half-mast."

Macmillan's plain talk must have startled South African Prime Minister Hendrik...

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