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This Sceptred Isle

Another Labour Victory
In 1966 Harold Wilson, mindful of an increase in opinion poll ratings and a low Commons majority, called a General Election. won a general election. The Tory vote dropped, the Liberals' increased and so did Wilson's Labour government. Labour also recorded a large increase in its percentage of the vote.

But the state of the economy would mean Wilson's job would not be any easier. The Chancellor James Callaghan announced a price freeze for twelve months and a pay and dividends freeze for six months.

In foreign affairs Rhodesia presented Wilson with his biggest headache. He persuaded Ian Smith to meet him on board H.M.S. Tiger and presented him with a five point plan. Ian Smith rejected the British proposals.

Mao Tse Teung
Mao Tse Teung
MAO TSE-TUNG (1893-1976)

  • Born in Hunan Province, China
  • Son of a peasant farmer.
  • Led China into communism
  • First Chairman of the People's Republic
  • Educated at the University of Peking
  • Influenced by Marx
  • Founded the Chinese Communist Party in 1921
  • Led his followers on the Long March out of Jiangxi in south-east China to Shaanxi in north-west China
  • Elected Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party
  • Proclaimed the People's Republic of China in Peking [Beijing] in 1949
  • Resigned as Chairman of the Republic in 1959
  • Remained Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party until his death in 1976
  • Changed the whole way of life of the biggest nation on Earth

did you know?
In 1966 Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India. She pledged she would "strive to create what my father used to call a climate of peace."

Wilson's Five Point Plan For Rhodesia

  1. First and foremost was the offer to Smith, that if the two men could reach the basis of an agreement and if Rhodesia would return in the interim to the 1961 constitutional position i.e. negotiations on independence, then Ian Smith would disembark from the Tiger, officially as Prime Minister designate.
  2. Second, the 1961 constitution would apply to the all the Rhodesian people.
  3. There should be a Royal Commission, which if everyone found agreeable, then the British Parliament would lift sanctions.
  4. Fourth Wilson wanted Smith to form what he called a broad based government.
  5. The fifth section concerned how to keep law and order during the interim period and would require the setting up of a Governor's Defence Council.
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1961 South Africa leaves the Commonwealth
1962 The National Economic Development Council is formed
1963The Profumo Affair
Alex Douglas-Home becomes PM when the Tory leader, Macmillan retires through ill health.
1964 Labour wins General Election. Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister
1965 Winston Churchill dies
Sir Alec Douglas-Home resigns leadership of Tory Party and is succeeded by
Edward Heath
1966 Barclay's Bank introduces the first British credit card
1967 The Pound is devalued
Six Day Arab-Israeli War
1968 The Commonwealth Immigration Act is passed
1969 Start of the present "Troubles" in Ulster
Prince Charles becomes the Prince of Wales
1970 Tories win General Election. Edward Heath PM
1971 Decimal Currency introduced

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