The World: Not One Penny

Protestant extremists in Northern Ireland sometimes threaten that the province might some day follow Rhodesia's example and make a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain. Last week, on a two-day tour of Ulster, British Prime Minister Edward Heath warned of the consequences in the bluntest possible terms. Such an attempt not only would bring about a bloodbath, he said, but if it succeeded, Britain would not pay the new nation "one penny" of the $500 million that it now subsidizes the province with annually.

On his first official visit to Northern Ireland's battle zones, Heath was guarded like a U.S. President venturing...

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