Harold Macmillan

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Suez taught us our future lay in Europe. So will Brexit
Britain’s two great self-inflicted crises of the postwar era point to a conclusion that voters may soon rediscover for themselves

William Keegan

17, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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A cavalier Tory leader and a botched pandemic response? It must be 1957 | Andy Beckett
Then, as now, a government responsible for a disaster tried to change the narrative. We shouldn’t let history repeat itself, says Guardian columnist Andy Beckett

Andy Beckett

01, May, 2020 @7:00 AM

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The Profumo affair … seen, at last, through the female gaze
Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies were dismissed as call girls in the 60s. A TV series now shows them as complex, vulnerable young women

Sarah Hughes

29, Dec, 2019 @6:10 AM

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Adapt or die: how the Conservative party keeps power
The party has always evolved to try to cling on to power. But what may voters be getting this time?

Andrew Gamble

03, Nov, 2019 @8:41 AM

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Winston Churchill ‘shocked’ by Downing Street restoration plan
‘The Ark did not take so long,’ PM wrote of repair work that overran budget and schedule

Caroline Davies

17, Jul, 2019 @11:01 PM

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Queen's message to the moon on show to mark 50 years since Apollo 11
National Archive documents reveal Buckingham Palace thought messages ‘a gimmick’

Caroline Davies

15, Jul, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Love, hate … indifference: is US-UK relationship still special?
From Winston Churchill to Donald Trump’s state visit in June, the history of transatlantic ties has hinged on personalities as much as politics

Simon Tisdall

28, Apr, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Hugh Gaitskell widow criticised Harold Macmillan in letter
Grieving Dora Gaitskell accused Tory PM of point-scoring on day of Labour leader’s memorial

Anushka Asthana Political editor

01, Feb, 2018 @3:50 PM

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The fluid nature of political reputations | Letters
Letters: Norrie MacQueen says the reputations of former Labour leaders are being constantly revised; while Dick Muskett puts the record straight on Clement Attlee’s war record

Letters

29, Sep, 2017 @5:23 PM

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What UK prime ministers really think about housing | Becky Tunstall
Think housing’s always been a major election issue? Harold Macmillan set high housebuilding targets, but later PMs’ views are more cavalier

Becky Tunstall

31, May, 2017 @7:09 AM

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Baby boomers and the ‘live now, pay later’ consequences | Letters
Letters: Many of my generation must have voted for Thatcher, Cameron and Brexit. The Tories should not have survived the 19th century, let alone the 20th

Letters

06, Apr, 2017 @6:38 PM

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Britain and EU: the breakdown of a decades-long marriage
It’s no surprise the divorce may get messy - it’s the end of a 60-year love-hate relationship and the UK’s commitment was always ambivalent

Jon Henley

29, Mar, 2017 @5:30 AM

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