May 22, 2010

Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee was never one of the most charismatic of British Prime Ministers (Margerate Thatcher said that Attlee was "all substance and no show". I realised this afternoon that I had never heard Attlee's voice- this was the only clip I could find on youtube which was mostly Attlee. Its an interview after the 1964 election when Harold Wilson narrowly beat the Conservative Sir Alec Douglas Hume. The points Attlee makes are interesting: they are about political leadership as a psychological and an intellectual enterprise. You get the evidence that Attlee even in his old age was a forceful personality and an intelligent person: the fact that he was a man of few words is also very much a feature of the broadcast.