Foreign News: Slightly Guilty

The 81-year-old chairman of Britain's Royal Arms Inquiry Commission (TIME, March 4), Sir John Eldon Bankes, last week watched his eminently dignified investigation skid off into the ditch of sensationalism. First a spokesman for 26 peace organizations uprose to charge that two members of the present Cabinet owned shares in the great munitions firm of Vickers: the Right Honorable Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Secretary for the Colonies (25 shares); and the Right Honorable Sir John Gilmour, Home Secretary (3,066 shares). "It cannot be healthy," said the peace spokesman, "if it is known that members...

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