BRITAIN: A Rake's Painful Progress

It was the first time in his twelve years as Labor Party leader that British Prime Minister Harold Wilson delivered a speech to the party faithful without receiving a standing ovation. The inauspicious occasion was a recent one-day special conference of the Labor Party; the divisive issue was how Labor should vote in the June 5 referendum on Britain's continued participation in the European Common Market. Unimpressed by Wilson's tepid pro-Market address, the 962 delegates (representing some 6 million members of the labor movement) responded by voting almost 2 to 1 for...