BRITAIN: Callaghan's Moment of Truth

Is Prime Minister Callaghan's Labor government on the way out? That seemed a real possibility after a bizarre session of Commons last week at which Labor whips ordered their members to abstain from voting on a Labor-proposed motion—which led to a resounding 293-to-0 defeat for the government. Following that odd display of parliamentary tactics, Tory Leader Margaret Thatcher demanded a vote of no confidence, which will be taken at midweek. If the government loses, Callaghan will have no choice but to ask the Queen to dissolve the House and call for new elections within weeks.

Since Callaghan has lost effective...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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