Great Britain: A Word from the Challenger

Britain's Harold Wilson was in puckish good humor. Wearing a pair of sunglasses to hide a sty on one eye, he refused to appear at the door of No. 10 Downing for tourists' photographs. Said he with laconic whimsy: "I might upstage poor Ted Heath again."

Indeed, everything seemed calculated last week to upstage the Tories' new leader in his debut as party chief. As the Conservatives gathered at Brighton for their annual conference, the headlines were dominated by the Rhodesian crisis. And when Wilson flew up to Balmoral to see the Queen, the blood froze in Tory veins: with...

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