Great Britain: Gaitskell's New Grip

For the past two years, Britain's Labor Party has sounded more like a waterfront quarrel than a loyal opposition. With the Conservatives' third straight electoral victory, deep doctrinal differences sundered Labor, scared off its potential majority, and let the government go virtually unchallenged. Last week Party Leader Hugh Gaitskell resoundingly quelled the civil war in Labor's ranks, scoring a personal triumph that was also reassuring to the U.S. and the West.

No Neville. Gaitskell asserted his new grip on the party at its annual conference in seaside Blackpool. Just twelve months after jeering left-wingers had scuppered a Gaitskell-backed resolution...

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