Harold Macmillan's Premiership

A summary of Harold Macmillan's premiership.

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  • Created on: 17-03-14 17:45
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  • Harold Macmillan's Premiership 1957-63
    • Very much a consensus politician
      • Prepared to modify the traditional values of the Conservatives
        • Racial tensions in the UK heightened
          • The 1960s saw high immigration
          • Notting Hill riots in 1958
        • End of empire
          • Decolonisation
            • 'the wind of change'
            • Southern Rhodesia
      • Government can be criticised on failure to pick up consensus properly; not enough infrastructure development
    • Macmillan's various Chancellors carried on the consensus economics; operating a mixed economy, following - loosely - Keynsianism
    • Generally a time of 'stop-go' economics; sudden tax rises and cuts to control spending
      • Consumer goods became widespread as Britain became more affluent
    • Many in Macmillan's gvt. thought Britain was becoming rich
      • 'most [Britons] have never had it so good' - Macmillan
      • Focus on private housebuilding
      • Although the government continued the consensus aim of full employment. Unemployment rose by over 150,000 during Macmillan's premiership; was it really so good for people?
    • Education policy; controversial?
      • The de-mantling of the three-tier (secondary-modern, sec.-grammar, sec.-technical) proved controversial


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