BRITAIN: The Shambles Left by Sunny Jim

Torn by dissension, the Labor Party looks for a new boss

His voice and face strained with emotion, former Prime Minister James Callaghan, 68, summoned members of the Labor Party shadow cabinet to his office in the House of Commons one afternoon last week to announce what some of his colleagues had wanted and others had feared. After 35 years in politics, Callaghan was stepping down as head of the Labor Party in favor of a new leader "who will bring fresh vigor, fresh authority, unity and purpose."

A champion of consensus and compromise, Callaghan leaves a party racked by an internecine...

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