Those Best Labour PMs in Full
It is the time of year for lists. After my 10 most interesting politicians in the UK the other day, Kevin Maguire of the Mirror decided yesterday to list his best Labour prime ministers on Twitter for no apparent reason. There have been only six of them, and his order was:
1 Attlee 2 Wilson 3 Brown 4 Blair 5 Callaghan 6 MacDonald.
This was obviously incorrect, but some people had trouble putting their finger on the error. Nabila Ramdani said: “Would largely agree with your rating but would take out Blair completely & put Churchill instead – for the war spirit thing.”
That would be Winston Churchill, founder member of Gestapo Labour.
Fortunately, some random bloke off Twitter was able to supply the list in the right order:
1 Blair 2 Er 3 That’s it.
Although I quite liked Matthew Lumby’s:
1 Good Blair 2 Bad Blair 3 Attlee.
One of these days, I will do my “Myth of the Sainted Attlee” seminar as a blog post. But not today. Today just watch this clip of St Clem at Max Atkinson’s blog.
Photograph (left to right): Professor Peter Hennessy, Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets, Clement Attlee, Peter Mandelson and Principal Professor Simon Gaskell, Queen Mary, University of London.Tagged in: labour history, lists
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