Harold Wilson's Premiership 1964-1970

A summary of Wilson's first premiership.

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  • HAROLD WILSON'S PREMIERSHIP 1964-1970
    • ROY JENKINS
      • Abortion Act 1967: permitted legal abortion
      • Sexual Offences Act 1967: permitted homosexual actions
      • Theatres Act 1968: ended theatre censorship
      • Abolition of Death Penalty 1969
      • Divorce Reform Act 1969: allowed divorce on more liberal grounds
      • Race Relations Acts of '65 and '68: prohibited discrimination and racial hatred
    • CLAIMS OF INDUSTRIAL AND ECONOMIC REVOLUTION
      • Unfounded?
        • ... but Balance of Trade did generally improve
      • Creation of the Open University (OU)
    • Kept Britain out of Vietnam; underrated achievement?
    • Union disputes
      • Wilson believed that inflation was an enemy, so wages and salaries must be controlled
        • 'White heat of technology' speech emphasised a divergence from 'restrictive practices'
          • 'In Place of Strife' - a white paper designed to curb Union powers
        • Seamen and dock workers struck early on in premiership
          • Prices and Incomes board
    • Devaluation
      • "Pound in your pocket" speech lied and made Wilson distrusted among public
      • £1 = $2.80
        • to
          • £1 = $2.40
      • Actually had positive effect on BoT
        • Did Wilson put it off for too long?

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