Foreign News: While Big Ben Boomed

Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden had it out one night last week.

The plushy furnishings of the big room at 10 Downing Street muffled the echoes of Churchill's rumbling barrages, Eden's cool returns. The point: Would Eden change his mind, stay on as Foreign Secretary? The counter: Would the Foreign Office continue to be directed from above on major policy?

Britain's welfare was not alone involved. This critical midnight meeting was a clash of old friends and teammates, of politics and ambitions. Churchill had the returns on his fight with the House of Commons...

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