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The greatest British Prime Ministers (Top ten)

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Established commenter

    1 Winston Churchill

    2 Margaret Thatcher

    3 Clement Atlee

    4 David Lloyd George

    5 H H Asquith

    6 Ted Heath

    7 Harold Wilson

    8 Tony Blair

    9 Marquess of Salisbury

    10 David Cameron

    Not my personal choices. Just looking at the evidence as objectively as I can.
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  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    What criteria did you use in your "objectivity"? How much research did you carry out? What sources did you use in order to reach your conclusions?

    It seems to me that these are very much your "personal choices"!!;)
  3. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    How many times we done this?
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  4. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Established commenter

    Sorry Red Observer but I'm new here and didn't realise this was done before.

    Do previous lists bear resemblance to my list?
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    David Cameron :D:D:D
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  6. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Clement Attlee
  7. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    They are all as bad as each other.
    PM me if you think I could do a better job.
  8. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Is there a special relegation zone to put Cameron and Johnson in.
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  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Dominic Cummings?
  10. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    The only ones I'd keep from that list are Churchill, Lloyd George and Salisbury. And I'd add Walpole, Pitt (both Elder and Younger), Peel, Palmerstone, Disraeli, Gladstone and Stanley Baldwin.
  11. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Established commenter

    Okay. I knew David Cameron at the No 10 spot would be controversial. But I liked him and had it not been for Brexit he would have gone on to be a great Prime Minister. The mistake he made was giving the Tory agitators a referendum. He figured that the Liberal Democrats in the coalition would veto any referendum on Europe. But in 2015 he won an outright victory and there was no Liberal Democrat party there to put the brakes on. Sad.
  12. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    I think the greatest were and are always the ones the system freezes out.

    Enoch Powell....Ken Livingstone (both sides of the spectrum but boy, what a ride of action had either been PM).

    Cannot think of any others that would have had the guts to implement serious, no bull change.

    Maybe Galloway.

    All those listed to and including Thatcher were but puppets and system defenders rather than doers and breakers.
  13. alex_teccy

    alex_teccy Star commenter

    Spencer Percival.
  14. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    There are several very good reasons why Powell, Livingstone or Galloway were never, and would never, have become PMs. None of them were "doers and breakers" either, by the way.

    And as for suggesting that Churchill or Lloyd George (to mention just two) were "puppets" is vapid nonsense.
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  15. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    I did not, made it very clear I was only going 'to and including Thatcher'.

    EDIT: My error, it does indeed read the complete opposite of what I intended - which was from now to and including Thatcher. That is because I do not feel I know enough about the others, a bit before my time.

    Indeed and it is always the same - that they would actually get things done. Not the same as saying what they would do would be great but they would get things done.

    With Powell it was also fear of his intellect. (I agree Galloway was more making the point it is hard to find names)
  16. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter


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