THE COMMONWEALTH: The Talks Were Helpful

The mystical ties that bind the Commonwealth (née 1926 the British Commonwealth) get more mystical each year. Its 650 millions are not united by allegiance to the Crown (India and Pakistan refuse it), or by common culture, or by language, religion or policy. The nine Commonwealth Prime Ministers gathered in London last week ranged from South Africa's racist Johannes Strydom, a Boer who dislikes the British influence almost as much as he dislikes Indians, to India's Jawaharlal Nehru, who is heard in such surroundings with some deference but little affection. They did...

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