Harold Macmillan and Prosperity Flashcards
What was the reputation of Macmillan and what was he nicknamed?
Nicknamed ‘Superman’ success as housing minister
What was the message behind the ‘never had it so good’ speech?
Macmillan acknowledged the age of affluence but intended this speech to have a double message.
Pleased with spread of affluence, happy that Conservative government were given credit for it
Speech was: warning about the perils of inflation and ‘nightmare of unemployment’
What was the benefit of Macmillan calling the 1959 election?
Oct 1959: Macmillan was able to call for a General Election at his time of his own choosing, when economic situation was favourable: predictable victory + pushed Conservative parliamentary majority up to 100 seats.
Evidence of Macmillan favouring Consensus Politics
Expressed unorthodox conservative politics in his book, The Middle Way (1938), which was regarded as early appeal for consensus politics.
What did James Margach think?
James Margach thought Macmillan was, with Attlee ‘One of the two most left-wing Prime Ministers ‘
Why did Tories win 1959 election?
Age of affluence continuing>POST WAR BOOM CONSUMER PROSPERITY + CONFIDENCE
- Supermac personalitic and falaiure
- Ineffection opposition
- Conservative recovery from Suez
What did wages increase to £8.30 in 1951 to £18.35 in 1964
£8.30 in 1951 to £18.35 in 1964
What did sales of cars increase by in 1950-65?
1.5 million t 5.5 million
How many houses had conservatives built by 1964?
1.7 million homes
What did Macmillan want?
A property owning democracy.