Of all the sultans, maharajas, Prime Ministers and assorted plenipotentiaries who went to London for the coronation, South Africa's Daniel Malan was among the last who expected to be serenaded by the British. His government had not been exactly chummy with Whitehall, and Dangerous Dan Malan let it be known as soon as he landed that too many Britons were saying too many unpleasant things about racial persecution in South Africa. "Busy-bodyism," he called it.

So it was a matter of surprise to the Prime Minister, and of indignation to his followers back home, to discover that he had become the...

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