1 NOVEMBER 1963, Page 8

Ask Me Another

The other day I met two South Korean pro- fessors here in the UK on a goodwill mission. Their English was excellent; the talk was fast and wide-ranging; the food and drink were splendid; there was a full and. frank exchange of views on many subjects. Before we parted there were two worried questions. What, they asked, was the line of royal succession? 1.f any- thing happened to the monarch, would Princess Margaret . . ? No, I explained; Prince Charles . . . Finally (with the air of men who had long pondered an insoluble conundrum) they would like to ask me a question about British politics. Could I tell them what were Mr. Crossman's politics? Where did he really stand? Could I analyse his no doubt carefully worked-out career?