Foreign News: Whose Finger on the Trigger?

From the Lord Chancellor's office "in Whitehall last week, stout manila envelopes marked O.H.M.S. ("On His Majesty's Service") were expressed to every mayor, provost and sheriff in Britain and Northern Ireland. Each contained a copy of a royal proclamation: "Being desirous and resolved as soon as may be to meet Our people, [We] do hereby make known to all our loving subjects Our Royal will and pleasure to call a new Parliament . . ." At St. Paul's Cathedral Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill and Clement Davies, leader of the dwindling Liberal Party, knelt at pre-election prayers.

Next day, thrusting ceremonial and prayers...

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