Queen Victoria's cynical old Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (1834-41 ) used to tell his Cabinet: "I don't care what we say, but we'd better all say the same thing." As the May 11 date for the Western foreign ministers' conference with Russia drew near, the British seemed to have accepted Lord Melbourne's worldly counsel. At last week's session of U.S., British, French and West German planners in London, the British in effect pulled back from the last remaining proposal that Prime Minister Macmillan had put forward in Moscow. The Foreign Office denied that it had ever even thought...

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