dated November 7, 1953: Churchill Effort For Peace

On the 4th in London, as Parliament was to commence a Foreign Affairs debate, it was coming to be felt that a Churchill-Malenkov meeting, broached as a remote possibility, was urgently desirable in the search for world peace. The prospect of a four-Power meeting at Foreign Ministers' level having faded, Labour MPs were expected to press vigorously for a meeting between the British and Soviet Prime Ministers. Some were already saying that Sir Winston, scheduled to go to Stockholm on December 10 to receive the Peace Nobel, should go on to Moscow and confer with Soviet leaders. A strong groundswell of public opinion in Britain favoured such informal talks as it had become clear that the Russians were not eager to come to a Foreign Ministers' conference. The feeling that Sir Winston should take the initiative was expressed not only by Labour, and popular papers like the Daily Mirror, but also in influential Conservative organs like The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. The Daily Telegraph wrote, ``Nothing except the Prime Minister's idea has even the faintest chance of leading us anywhere. The choice is really not between higher and lower level talks, but between higher level talks and nothing...''