HAROLD WILSON
The Unprincipled Prime Minister?

Edited by KEVIN HICKSON and ANDREW CRINES
352pp 2016 LIST PRICE: £20.00 B859

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Harold Wilson was one of the longest-serving prime ministers of the twentieth century, having won a staggering four general elections, yet, despite this monumental record, his place in Labour's history remains ambiguous. By the end of his two periods in power, both the left and right of the party were highly critical of Wilson -- the former regarding him as a traitor, the latter as contributing directly to British decline. With contributions from political historians and from Wilson's own contemporaries, this new study examines the context within which he operated, his approach to leadership and responses to changing social and economic norms, the successes and failure of his policies, and how he was viewed by peers from across the political spectrum. Finally, it examines the overall impact of Wilson on the development of British politics.
[This] book of thoughtful essays . . . could hardly arrive at a better time. GUARDIAN