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    It wasn't Hume's government, it was Harold Macmillan — who appointed Sandys when Anthony Head resigned after the Suez crisis even though it really wasn't Head's fault.

    There's an interesting anecdote out there that Head, advising other politicians that they should always know the name of their successor before they make a decision to resign, glanced at MacMillan's desk planner as he was on his way out of the PM's office having tendered the resignation and saw "to his horror" that the next name on the schedule was Sandys.

    But MacMillan was the classic cheap politically-expedient conservative politician; populist, media savvy, and with no broader vision than his own re-election.  Six wasted years during which Britain didn't just drift but was set in a very bad direction.

    Hume was the "caretaker" who came in after Macmillan's resignation in 1963 and served in office about a year before Labour won the general election.

    •  The ultimate grey man... (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      ....who I credited as being (theoretically) in charge - at least he was PM - when Harold blew past him. That was my brother's first General Election campaign as an Election Agent (I helped, sort of).

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:24:25 PM PDT

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