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Clement Attlee
(1883-1967) born on
Jan 03
English labour party leader. As prime minister, 1945-1951, he presided over the establishment of the welfare state in Great Britain and over the granting of independence to India.
Democracy means government by discussion but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.

Few thought he was even a starter.
There were many who thought themselves smarter.
But he ended PM, CH and OM,
An earl and a Knight of the Garter.
One layer was certainly 17th century. The 18th century in him is obvious. There was the 19th century, and a large slice, of course, of the 20th century; and another, curious layer which may possibly have been the 21st.
I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.
The House of Lords is like a glass of champagne that has stood for five days.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Anatomy of Britain," by Anthony Sampson.
R: On his political career, news summaries 8 Apr 1956.
A: Comparing Winston Churchill to a cake, quoted by William Manchester in "The Last Lion," 1983.
N: On rebuilt House of Commons; in "Time," 6 Nov 1950.
K: In "The Fine Art of Political Wit," by Leon A Harris, 1964.

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