Foreign News: Decline of Empire

"This is a day of triumph for all the timorous at home and the wicked abroad who want Britain to be small and weak and to count for little," cried Lord Beaverbrook's Daily Express. Last week in the House of Commons, Sir Winston Churchill, who in 1942 defiantly declared that he had not become Prime Minister "to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," sat glum and with bowed head as his government announced that Britain was withdrawing its troops from Egypt.

Socialists, who had suffered under Churchill's taunts of "Scuttle" when they...

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