Great Britain: Their Tiredest Hour

The House of Commons was crammed to the doors last week as Harold Macmillan faced the grimmest hour of his political career. Grey-faced and hollow-cheeked, the Prime Minister sprawled on the government's green leather front bench while Labor Party Leader Hugh Gaitskell called for a censure motion against the government. Gaitskell demanded Macmillan's resignation and an immediate general election, argued that Macmillan's purge of Chancellor of the Exchequer Selwyn Lloyd and 15 other Conservative ministers "was the most convincing confession of failure which could have been offered by the government."...

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