Sidling toward entry into Europe's flourishing six-nation Common Market, Britain had recognized that the Commonwealth countries might object. But nobody had anticipated the violence of the reaction.
Three weeks ago, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dispatched a trio of ministers to the far corners of the Common wealth. Their mission was to argue that what is good for Britain is good for the Commonwealth. Last week the three headed home in a minor state of shock.
They had found the Commonwealth hostile, and even bitter.
Fearful of the loss of their trading privileges with a...