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Harold Wilson

James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970, and again from 1974 to 1976. He had an impressive educational background, becoming an Oxford don at 21 and working as a war time civil servant; he was made a government minister immediately after he was elected to Parliament. As Leader of the Labour Party he moved the party towards a technocratic approach and appeared more in tune with the 'swinging sixties'; however his government was beset by economic difficulties and he was unexpectedly defeated in 1970. His return to office with a tiny majority in the mid-1970s saw a referendum which endorsed British membership of the European Communities. He resigned suddenly in 1976, and in his retirement suffered from Alzheimers' disease.
Found 17 thoughts of Harold Wilson

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.

Harold Wilson

Whichever party is in power, the Treasury is in power.

Harold Wilson

One man's wage rise is another man's price increase.

Harold Wilson

I believe the greatest asset a head of state can have is the ability to get a good night's sleep.

Harold Wilson

The main essentials of a successful prime minister are sleep and a sense of history.

Harold Wilson

The monarchy is a labor intensive industry.

Harold Wilson

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

Harold Wilson

From now on the pound abroad is worth 14 percent or so less in terms of other currencies. It does not mean, of course, that the pound here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank, has been devalued.

Harold Wilson

I'm an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.

Harold Wilson

A week is a long time in politics.

Harold Wilson

Everybody should have an equal chance - but they shouldn't have a flying start.

Harold Wilson

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.

Harold Wilson

Given a fair wind, we will negotiate our way into the Common Market, head held high, not crawling in. Negotiations? Yes. Unconditional acceptance of whatever terms are offered us? No.

Harold Wilson

If I had the choice between smoked salmon and tinned salmon, I'd have it tinned. With vinegar.

Harold Wilson

I'm at my best in a messy, middle-of-the-road muddle.

Harold Wilson

This Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing.

Harold Wilson

We are redefining and we are restating our socialism in terms of the scientific revolution.

Harold Wilson