- His public image was unflappable.
- He was dubbed 'SuperMac' by the media for his confident manner and his ability to improve the fortunes of the Conservative party.
- He wanted to humanise the Conservatives and make them the party of progress.
- He believed in consensus politics and the pursuit of the 'Middle Way'.
- MacMillan presided over an era of increasing prosperity, when more people had the income to afford their own home, car and other consumer goods. In 1958, he gave a speech saying the British people 'had never had it so good'.
Criticisms of MacMillan's economic policy:
- His budget were seen as short-term measures to win votes- described as 'Give away' budgets: 1959 election budget gave a wide range of tax cuts which only worsened inflation- the budget had been reversed to reduce inflation.
- Britain lagged behind Western Europe in economic growth, due to a large defence expenditure.
- His policies often trailed behind events- referred to as 'Stop-Go' economics as it demonstrated the absence of a coherent economic plan.
MacMillan and Decolonisation
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