GREAT BRITAIN: The Crown: Nov. 5, 1934

¶ The great legend of King George today is that Britain's markedly successful National Government sprang from a discreet stroke of statecraft by His Majesty. Three years ago George V is supposed to have persuaded James Ramsay MacDonald to desert his Labor colleagues of a lifetime and become the vote-getting figurehead of the so-called National (but in fact Conservative) Government (TIME, Aug. 31, 1931). Always the King is represented as a tower of moral strength, aiding his conscience-torn Scottish Prime Minister to decide between Labor and the Nation. Last week this pristine...

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