Favourite British Prime Minister

  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 08, 2012 11:29 AM GMT


    Who is your favourite British Prime Minister? Mine is Clement Attlee. Post and discuss!

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    Nov 08, 2012 11:43 AM GMT
    I do find what Attlee wrote in 1920 about social welfare to be interesting:

    In a civilised community, although it may be composed of self-reliant individuals, there will be some persons who will be unable at some period of their lives to look after themselves, and the question of what is to happen to them may be solved in three ways – they may be neglected, they may be cared for by the organised community as of right, or they may be left to the goodwill of individuals in the community. The first way is intolerable, and as for the third: Charity is only possible without loss of dignity between equals. A right established by law, such as that to an old age pension, is less galling than an allowance made by a rich man to a poor one, dependent on his view of the recipient’s character, and terminable at his caprice.
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    Nov 08, 2012 12:39 PM GMT
    Harold Wilson. He was bright, shrewd and came from my home town (at least we have one thing in common).

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    His first period in office was notable for substantial legal changes in a number of social areas, including the liberalisation of laws on censorship, divorce, homosexuality, immigration, and abortion, as well as the abolition of capital punishment.

    He also kept Britain out of the Vietnam War, despite pressure from the US to involve Britain and send British troops.
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    Nov 08, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    Yes, Attlee is a great choice. The most progressive government ever in the history of the UK.
  • Lincsbear

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    Nov 08, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    The two best are Churchill and Attlee.
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    Nov 08, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    My fav was Maggie! I LOVE women that tell assholes to go fuck themselves!
  • maxferguson

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    Nov 11, 2012 9:33 AM GMT
    Definitely Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, both for their wit and character. Also for their unfailing personal integrity (and demand for integrity from others), their refusal to accept problems that were perceived as 'too hard to fix,' but ultimately, their habit of getting past blame and credit and getting on with accurate and inaccurate. Then and only then can a government know when to stop debating and move on to agreeing about what should be done.

    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. ” - Thatcher (Greece, Italy, Spain, France, etc...not to mention she kept them out of that sovereign Kool-Aid of a currency called the Euro.)

    "We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." - Churchill.

  • maxferguson

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    Nov 11, 2012 9:37 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidHarold Wilson. He was bright, shrewd and came from my home town (at least we have one thing in common).

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    His first period in office was notable for substantial legal changes in a number of social areas, including the liberalisation of laws on censorship, divorce, homosexuality, immigration, and abortion, as well as the abolition of capital punishment.

    He also kept Britain out of the Vietnam War, despite pressure from the US to involve Britain and send British troops.


    He's another great leader. Canada had a PM like him, and although Harper has his jagged edges and hasn't been as bad as people make him out to be, he's no Jean Chretien. Chretien, like Wilson, had the backbone to keep his country from fighting alongside the U.S. in a war their country had absolutely nothing to do with (I say that without making any assertions about the validity of the wars the U.S. fought and we kept out of).
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:07 AM GMT
    maxferguson saidDefinitely Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, both for their wit and character.


    In Thatcher's case, 'wits' rather that 'wit'. She was famously devoid of wit. Jokes entirely escaped her. If she cracked a funny, it was scripted and had to be explained to her beforehand.