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Even by the time she died in , she was still capable of dividing the nation. Although now some of her legacy is under attack, she left her mark on the nation — acceptance of a basically free enterprise market economy, taming the unions, privatisation, and inward investment and liberalising markets. Victory in the Falklands, defying the IRA and forging a strong special relationship with Reagan complete the picture of a consummate politician, undone at the end of her premiership by a loss of judgment — the poll tax, an arrogant style and a visceral hostility to Europe that alarmed her cabinet colleagues.

The conventional wisdom is that the Attlee government was an extraordinarily talented one which achieved epochal social change and changed the efface of British society. His achievement included the NHS, social security, full employment, freedom for India, the Atlantic alliance, nationalisation of the commanding heights of the economy, and institutionalised a Keynesian revolution in steering he economy.

Though history has been kinder in recent years, as a new generation comes to appreciate the social reforms encouraged by his government divorce, race relations, abortion, abolition of hanging , and just how tricky it is to keep the Labour Party united, not least on Europe.

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Like Wilson, Blair was an election winning genius with a formidable common touch, mastery of the Commons and the machinery of government, with an almost supernatural feel for the political mood. His reputation now stands a nadir — but he deserves better. The ex-Bullingdon boy did much to modernise his party, and to govern the country pragmatically. In reality, given the rise of Ukip and Tory Europhobia, he probably had little alternative but to offer that EU referendum — he would have been swiftly deposed by someone who would — someone more Eurosceptic, like, say, Theresa May….

This broody, glum, grumpy figure has as his excuse for a mixed record on office that he came to the premiership too late — having been denied it by Blair for years he arrived too late to be able to do much. Besides, he was soon overwhelmed by the banking crisis. He did, though, with Bank of England governor Mervyn King, come up with a scheme to save the broken banks which saved the world.

For that we should be very grateful. Normally, Churchill rightly tops of the premiership league table because of the war.

But here we can only review his postwar government, which was a pretty quiet affair. The best that can be said for it is that there were no major disasters — but Churchill and his ministers did fail to realise the serious intent of those across the channel working on their project of a European Economic Community and the eventual creation of a United States of Europe. Over 80 when he finally caved in to pleas for him to retire, he had by then suffered coupe of secret strokes, and was enjoying an overlong Indian summer.

Perhaps had Churchill shown the leadership the nation needed to shape this coming European alliance his record, and that of his successors, might have been markedly different. Miraculously he almost won the general election, despite once saying that he used matchsticks to understand economics. Another short-lived premiership, like Home, Brown and Major, Callaghan had the misfortune to have to take over from a much bigger personality, in this case Wilson, and to try to thrive under the shadow of their predecessor. He kept the government and party together through severe economic and financial crises, and managed to retain Tony Benn and Denis Healey in the same cabinet.

His government saw unemployment and inflation coming down, but the final failure of a pay policy and the Winter of Discontent sealed his fate. Labour was out for 18 years. It was not his fault he happened to be in post when social democracy died. Still underestimated, it is difficult to believe that Major was once a rather exciting figure, another symbol of a meritocratic, modern Tory party of opportunity for all.

The son of a skint former circus performer who grew up in some hardship in Brixton, and who once failed his job interview to become a bus conductor, Major was the archetypal working class Tory made good hero. Against the odds, he beat Labour in the election by a decisive margin, and managed to get his Maastricht Bill on Europe through parliament, despite being the target of a determined guerrilla war by the Tory Eurosceptics of the day. Hobbled by a divided, ambitious cabinet, fractious party, disloyal MPs, Margaret Thatcher playing back street driver and the New Labour phenomenon, Major did well to deliver as much as he did — a strongly expanding economy, the foundations of peace in Ireland and keeping the UK inside Europe but outside the euro.

Having nursed his party and the country back from the Suez fiasco and repaired relations with the Americans, meaning the UK secured its nuclear weapons, he won the election with a huge majority. Witty, with a fine sense both of history and of the future of Britain, and a dominant force in politics for a decade, he is surprisingly little remembered today. She wound up losing control and authority. No one saw how poor a campaigner she would be, and how accomplished Jeremy Corbyn proved.

She might still enjoy the last laugh if her successor lasts for an even shorter time, and makes an even bigger mess of Brexit. Not a very positive way of looking at it, but for now it is all she has. Strikes, the three-day week, the lights going out, rapid inflation and shortages — these are the things the Heath administration is remembered for, usually played out in TV montages with T-Rex in the background.

Within a few years almost everything Heath stood for had been dismantled — his failed reforms of the unions, corporatism, income policy all gone. If only Eden had taken the chance to join the nascent European Communities when he had the chance as premier. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?

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