Great Britain: On the Seesaw

What ever happened to the Liberals?

Only two years ago, the long-eclipsed party of Asquith and Lloyd George seemed to many Britons a bright potential alternative to the tired Tory government of Harold Macmillan and the faction-torn Labor Party of Hugh Gaitskell. But as elections neared and both major parties closed ranks under new leaders, the Liberal "resurgence" ingloriously petered out. When Britons go to the polls Oct. 15, they will probably elect no more than seven of some 365 Liberal candidates.

Yet the Liberals still hope to play an important role in the new government. Reason: it is quite possible...

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