Great Britain: The Fateful Weeks

To celebrate his sixth full year in office—the longest term for a Tory since 1902*—Prime Minister Harold Macmillan went before the cameras for a television interview last week. It was a masterful performance. Relaxed and confident, Macmillan talked with easy confidence of the promise and problems of Britain today.

Off-camera, things were not going so well as Harold Macmillan made it seem. Britain's hopes of membership in the Common Market hung precariously in the balance. After the decisions at Nassau, a question mark rose over the future of its military power. The latest Gallup...

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