Minority Rule
October 27, 1951 — The Times Record

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Although Winston Churchill got less votes, he still prevailed over incumbent Clement Attlee in the election to become Prime Minister of England.

The Times Record newspaper of Troy, New York probed this matter in the following lead editorial, and in a subsequent pair of editorials two days later: Attlee Is Out, But Not Down and Third Parties Lack Permanence.


Sober second thought over the British election causes less shouting and more serious consideration of the situation. Winnie wins; that much is history. He is now Britain’s Prime Minister once more.

But his majority will be less than twenty. That is not quite comfortable—although Attlee managed to get along with a third as much. More, Churchill can count, usually on the five Liberals. Ordinarily he will have a margin of about twenty-five.

But what about the popular vote? Apparently the Laborites were mere numerous at the polls than the Conservatives—although the division was almost fifty-fifty. But that splits public opinion right down the middle, a most uncomfortable situation for a nation in distress. True, Britishers are even more devoted to the party line than Americans. Many a Labor man probably prayed for a Churchill victory and then went out and voted, as usual, for Labor. So we don’t know just what the attitude of the electorate is.

We do know, however, that it is fairly evenly divided; and any such political condition breeds trouble. We opine that Churchill will have his hands full to hold his majority in line and put over the kind of program which his country needs.

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