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View Poll Results: Worst British Prime Minister
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute 2 3.64%
George Grenville 1 1.82%
Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton 0 0%
Frederick North, Lord North 2 3.64%
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool 1 1.82%
Stanley Baldwin 1 1.82%
Neville Chamberlain 8 14.55%
James Callaghan 5 9.09%
Margaret Thatcher 27 49.09%
Tony Blair 8 14.55%
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Old October 8th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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Who is the worst British Prime Minister?


Who do you think is the worst British Prime Minister?
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Old October 8th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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Chamberlain. Although his predecessors were as much guilty he contributed greatly and the re-arming of Germany.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #3

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Worst British Prime Minister?

I know who'd get my vote - but then this is a history forum, not current affairs ...
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Old October 8th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #4

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If you were going to go for a modern Prime Minister my choice isnt on the list. Ted Heath for his involvement with the EEC which is still causing problems, the mismanagement in Northern Ireland, mishandling of Labour troubles resulting in the miners strikes and the three day week, somehow managing to lose two elections in one year and generally presiding over a collapse of the nation.

About the only thing that worked right was decimalisation.

Much as i dislike Callaghan he was stuck with many of the problems of previous years and didnt have the ability to break free of it, Thatcher did have the dedication and ruthless streak to do the job but it came at a huge price.

I'm mixed on Chamberlain, he did a lot to rearm Britain and hold back the Nazis with the limited choices he had available but his willingness to see the best in Hitler and try to buy him off was a bad mistake.

I'm not too good on pre-1850s politics so i'll reserve my opinions on the others.
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Thatcher, closely followed by Blair. No contest. Brown was the most comical, Cameron the most clueless.

I think Chamberlain suffers too much from hindsight. Put yourself in his position, the same position the French took, and America may well have had, too, had they been nearer and not in an isolationist period. This was a mere 15 years or so after WW1, the most costly and destructive war in history so far. Europe was still partly in the throes of a major depression. Britain had a very run down army and air force. No-one wanted a war, except Hitler. Not even Mussolini, apart from easy wars against African tribesmen.

And when you get a signed promise from a major world leader that there'd be no more warlike actions, (Hitler was still a relatively unknown quantity), you have to believe it. Remember, Chamberlain, Churchill, Hitler, Deladier and co were all 19th century men. Chamberlain was, unlike today's politicians, an honourable man who judged others accordingly.

It is only by hindsight that we condemn him.
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Brown, nice touch selling off all our gold reserves and having unrestricted immigration to completely change the demographic make up of GB within my lifetime. Thatcher was ok, she stopped the looney left militant unions.
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I don't see Brown, Blair or Thatcher being all that bad.
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I don't see Brown, Blair or Thatcher being all that bad.
With all due respect... that is because you are not British.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #9

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With all due respect... that is because you are not British.
That is 100% true, and equal respect given back to thee,
but a lot of Brits & non-Americans weigh in and leave their opinions
about US politics and don't live here. Things change when you're
closer to the fire.
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That is 100% true, and equal respect given back to thee,
but a lot of Brits & non-Americans weigh in and leave their opinions
about US politics and don't live here. Things change when you're
closer to the fire.
Please don't misunderstand me, I was joking... I too give my opinion on other nations etc.

But I have heard many Americans state that Tony Blair is this wonderful man.... simply not true and the Brits think quite different of him.
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