Great Britain: The Battling Tories

On Fleet Street Tuesday night, the early morning headlines were already in type: MAC WILL CARRY ON. The news, leaked to parliamentary correspondents on the eve of the Conservative Party's annual conference in seaside Blackpool, was that Harold Macmillan had told his Cabinet ministers he felt compelled to stay on as Prime Minister unless they could reach virtually unanimous agreement on his successor.

The huge black headlines that actually hit the streets Wednesday told a far different story. It was contained in the terse announcement issued at 9:26 p.m. Tuesday from 10 Downing Street: "The Prime Minister has tonight been...

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