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Thursday, 8 June 2017
Election Day. A reminder of Party Leaders, 1964 onwards.
I became politically aware roughly around 1963 when I did some canvassing and leaflet distribution for Sir Harry Legge-Bourke. Many years later I worked with John Biffin.
Since those early days with Sir Harry, these have been the leaders of the two main UK political parties.
George Brown (Seriously alcoholic; died of cirrhosis)
Harold Wilson (ruined the UK's education system, and much else)
James Callaghan (showed me around parliament)
Michael Foot (a leg-end in his own time; mad as a hatter)
Neil Kinnock (the Welsh windbag; dreadful)
Margaret Beckett (highly forgettable)
Tony Blair (did more to destroy the UK's demographic than anyone else;... ever!)
Gordon Brown (promoted the privatisation of the NHS, and sold the family silver)
Harriet Harman (P C feminist, known as Har-person)
Ed Miliband (ineffectual)
Ms Harman again (hopeless)
Jeremy Corbyn (god help us)
Harold Macmillan (intellectual; combined book-selling with politics)
Alec Douglas-Home (nice man; too mild mannered)
Ted Heath (lied about the advantages of joining the 'common market')
Margaret Thatcher (one of the all-time greats. voted 'the world's greatest politician of the 20th C')
John Major (like A D-H too mild mannered, but a good man)
William Hague (I'm a tad Vague about Hague)
Ian Duncan-Smith (forgettable)
Michael Howard (ditto)
David Cameron (inherited Gordon Brown's economic disasters; did extremely well to recoup)
Theresa May (seems like a tough cookie, but only time will tell)
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
3 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 44 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!