Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Harold Macmillan and Shakespeare

The late Harold Macmillan, when Prime Minister in the early 1960s, was advised to make a commitment to relax the betting and gambling laws. “I don’t know about that”, he said, “We already have the Toby Belch vote. We must not antagonise the Malvolio vote”. How splendidly typical of him! One cannot imagine any modern leader coming up with a line like that!

(Source: Philip Ziegler: “Edward Heath”)

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