Harold Macmillan 57-63 general
-Sharpe political sense and wasn't seen to be invloves with the suez affair
-Respected by the working class for fighting in 1914-1918 war
-Half scottish and half American but was seen as British
-Dry sense of humour and liked by the people
Harold Macmillan 57-63 Successes
1-night of long knives- was seen as determined and proactive
2-"never had it so good" claim - Britain is thriving
3-made Butler home secaratery- this made people trust M.
4-"Real wages" - wages higher than infation so people can buy things Wages – average weekly wage increased by £10 between 1951 and 1964 – rise in real wages – buy more consumer goods.
5-Rent act- could be good as 6 million houses put on the market for people to buy
6-built more comprehensive schools than labour
7- Credit – between 1950 and 1965 car sales went from 1.5 million to 5.5 million Greater and wealth and credit led to a reduction in class distinctions and increased meritocracy – “class escalators are continually moving” Butler – possessions no longer dictated class
Harold Macmillan 57-63 Failures
1-rejected from EEC by France in 1963- this caused embarrasment
2- Independence to Africa as whites still dominated south Africa- loosing empire
3-social tensions eg:racism, teddy boys, mods and rockers- time for a change that no one was happy about
4- supermac- made fun of for trying to change everything "nothing is impossible"
5- stop go policy- people getting tired of it by now.
6-Rent act - made many people loose homes for not being able to afford rent
7-unemployment was high suggesting Britain had, had it better.
8-scandals- perfumo: a escort having an affair with the minister of war (john perfumo) and a russion spy and also a notting hill drug dealer. 1963 -vassal affair: caught spying