The World: Jeremy Thorpe & Co.

"We are all minorities now," said Liberal Party Leader Jeremy Thorpe last week, adding realistically "and indeed some more than others." True enough. With Britain's two major parties separated by only five seats—301 for Labor, 296 for the Tories—the balance of power in the new Parliament is held by four splinter groups, which collectively won 24% of the popular vote in last month's election and 34 of the 635 seats in the House of Commons. Whether or not Harold Wilson and his Labor government survive depends on the political decisions of these small,...

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