National Affairs: Britten to Britain

Every now and then, someone in Washington "speaks out of turn." Immediately, the rest of Washington is agog and remains so until it has decided whether the outspoken one is a fool, a publicity seeker, a self-important ass or a wise and forthright fellow.

It happened last week. Representative Fred Albert Britten of Illinois, chairman of the Naval Affairs Committee of the House, took it upon himself to cable Premier Stanley Baldwin of Great Britain and suggest that a select committee from the House of Commons meet with the Britten committee, "preferably in Canada...