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Harold MacMillan

[1st Earl of Stockton]

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Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton (10 February 1894 – 29 December 1986) was Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963.

Nicknamed 'Supermac' and known for his pragmatism, wit and unflappability, Macmillan achieved note before the Second World War as a Tory radical and critic of appeasement. Rising to high office as a protégé of... more »

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  • ''Marxism is like a classical building that followed the Renaissance; beautiful in its way, but incapable of growth.''
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, April 29, 1981.
  • ''As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.''
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, March 7, 1961, London.
  • ''Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.''
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Jan. 30, 1958, Canberra, Australia.
  • ''We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.''
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, August 16, 1950, Strasbourg, France.
  • ''The wind of change is blowing through the continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.''
    Harold MacMillan (1894-1986), British Conservative politician, prime minister. speech, Feb. 3, 1960, to both houses of the South African Parliament, C...
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