THE ATOMIC AGE: Regrets & Realities

When Britain's House of Commons sat down to the business of the week, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was all set to defend his drastic new atomic-age defense policy (TIME, April 15). But the Laborites seemed scarcely interested. Instead, with the nagging insistence characteristic of the troubled British conscience, the Laborites waged an inconclusive and none too logical debate among themselves on whether or not the government should go through with the scheduled test of Britain's first hydrogen bomb.

Opposition Leader Hugh Gaitskell offered a motion to "postpone" the British test while Britain tried to get international agreement to halt all...

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