It is hard to imagine the cost to the treasury for Theresa Mays sartorial elegance, each day with a new outfit, and rather like Imelda Marcos, a change of shoes. Unlike Harold Wilson, who generally looked like a badly packed parcel, it was he who reckoned that, “What was good enough for my father, is good enough for me,” with a few baggy suits, to prove it.
She represents a time in politics, where the edges have become so chamfered and blurred, that the truth has become totally deniable, during the normal course of parliamentary events, and an inconvenience during question time in Westminster.
He – with too many fingers in post WW2 and Cold War politics, together with an alleged illicit relationship with Lady Falkender – had become the favourite subject of conversation for a largely upper crust Tory secret service, which acted as private contractors to the then Conservative Party.
Two controlling Prime Ministers, from different sides of the House of Commons, one might hardly imagine that they had much in common at all, considering the divide of time and the capriciousness of politics, but they did. In two words, it is stubbornness and paranoia, which draws these two unlikely Prime Ministers together. It is also a fact that neither of them has ever taken a blind bit of notice, of what their cabinet perceives to be the best course of action, either now or in the past.
Rather like the headmistress of some snooty girls’ school, who considers it commendable that her underlings should have well crafted opinions, which she then totally ignores on principal, and he – like a somewhat arrogant Huddersfield secondary modern headmaster – whilst condemning the excesses of Communism, did much the same. But what was, and is, the motivating factor which has influenced these two politico’s?
Both arrogant and contemptuous of their own kind – not just the UK voting public – but manipulative and generally divisive in Parliament, both seem to have enjoyed their fair share of stubbornness. Or, was it paranoia, which seemed to be the their common weakness?
She with her long list of defrocked cabinet ministers, dreadfully feared as possible contenders for her job, and in Wilsons case, because – having lived in the twilight world of Cold War politics – he was finally believed to be a Soviet spy. Blatantly pursued by MI5, he started locking himself in his Westminster office – and refusing to speak to anyone – was where he would conduct UK government business over the phone, with the help Lady Falkender! Oh, dear!
Both having lost touch with reality, one can only suspect that their respective experience of such profound pathological obsessions, was to believe that the gremlins were after them, if not a few million agitated British subjects.
Although Harold Wilson had the good grace to resign on March 16th, 1976, Wilson left us with three well known quotations:
1.A week, is a long time in politics.
2. He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
3. One man’s wage increase is another man’s price increase.
And Theresa May, what is her well documented quote, whist still refusing to resign?
I will get you the best possible deal!