Saturday, February 24, 2018

Those were the days*

“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life.” This was how Jeremy Thorpe, politician and leader of Britain’s Liberal Party, reacted after prime minister Harold Macmillan reshuffled his cabinet in 1962.  Former prime minister Harold Wilson, who is famous for his “A week is a long time in politics”, made this observation about Macmillan (Wilson was opposition leader at the time), “The Right Honourable Gentleman has adopted the streak of gallantry in Disraeli (a previous prime minister) without his vision, and the self-righteousness of Gladstone without his dedication to principle.” 

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