International: We Get Better

As the debate in the Peace Conference Rules Committee dragged on, the Russians last week were startled, annoyed—and a bit impressed and pleased—to hear some blunt talk from a new voice, speaking in a rolling Glaswegian burr.

The voice belonged to stocky, sandy-haired British Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hector McNeil. As Molotov doggedly insisted that voting procedure was a substantive matter requiring a two-thirds vote, McNeil's pawky accent cut the smoke. "How can the voting procedure be substantive when, by very definition, the Rules Committee is only qualified to deal...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!