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Harold Wilson

Data urodzenia: 11. Marzec 1916
Data zgonu: 24. Maj 1995
Natępne imiona:James Harold Wilson

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James Harold Wilson, baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE – polityk brytyjskiej Partii Pracy, premier Wielkiej Brytanii w okresie od 16 października 1964 do 19 czerwca 1970 i od 4 marca 1974 do 5 kwietnia 1976 r.

Za rządów Wilsona nastąpił gwałtowny zwrot w polityce państwa w stosunku do związków zawodowych i organizacji pracodawców. Zatwierdzono także ustawę mającą zapobiegać dyskryminacji ze względu na płeć. Wielka Brytania wpadła jednak w kryzys finansowy. Kolejne problemy wywołała jednostronna deklaracja niepodległości ogłoszona przez białą mniejszość w Rodezji oraz walki w Irlandii Północnej. Spowodowało to utratę na cztery lata władzy przez Partię Pracy.

Wilson powrócił na fotel premiera, ale w 1976 nagle i niespodziewanie złożył dymisję, podobno ze względu na stan zdrowia. Dziś natomiast bardziej prawdopodobnym jest, że dymisję wymusił brytyjski kontrwywiad MI5, który miał Wilsonowi za złe głównie politykę pojednania z Irlandią. Jeden z byłych agentów ujawnił, że MI5 organizował strajk powszechny w Irlandii Północnej, by zachwiać rządem Wilsona, a także że przy pomocy usłużnych dziennikarzy sugerowano, że premier jest agentem KGB.

W ostatnich latach życia dosięgła go choroba Alzheimera.

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Cytaty Harold Wilson

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„May I say, for the benefit of those who have been carried away by the gossip of the last few days, that I know what's going on. [pause] I'm going on, and the Labour government's going on.“

— Harold Wilson
Speech at a May Day rally in London (4 May 1969), quoted in The Times (5 May 1969), p. 1. There had been a series of reports that Wilson's leadership might be challenged.

„I know I speak for everyone in these islands, all parties, all our people, when I say to Mr. Smith tonight: "Prime Minister, think again".“

— Harold Wilson
Broadcast (12 October 1965), quoted in The Times (13 October 1965), p. 8, calling on the Government of Rhodesia not to declare independence.

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„David Dimbleby: You couldn't - you couldn't set our minds at rest on the vexed question of what the Sunday Times did actually pay you for the book?
Harold Wilson: No, I don't think it's a matter of interest to the BBC or to anybody else.
Dimbleby: But why..
Wilson: If you're interested in these things, you'd better find out how people buy yachts. Do you ask that question? Did you ask him how he was able to pay for a yacht?
Dimbleby: I haven't interviewed...
Wilson: Have you asked him that question?
Dimbleby: I haven't interviewed him.
Wilson: Well, has the BBC ever asked that question?
Dimbleby: I don't know...
Wilson: Well, what's it got to do with you, then?
Dimbleby: I imagine they have..
Wilson: Why you ask these question, I mean why, if people can afford to buy £25,000 yachts, do the BBC not regard that as a matter for public interest? Why do you insult me with these questions here?
Dimbleby: It's only that it's been a matter of..
Wilson: All I'm saying, all I'm saying..
Dimbleby: … public speculation, and I was giving you an opportunity if you wanted to, to say something about it.
Wilson: It was not a matter of speculation, it was just repeating press gossip. You will not put this question to Mr. Heath. When you have got an answer to him, come and put the question to me. And this last question and answer are not to be recorded. Is this question being recorded?
Dimbleby: Well it is, because we're running film.
Wilson: Well, will you cut it out or not? All right, we stop now. No, I'm sorry, I'm really not having this. I'm really not having this. The press may take this view, that they wouldn't put this question to Heath but they put it to me; if the BBC put this question to me, without putting it to Heath, the interview is off, and the whole programme is off. I think it's a ridiculous question to put. Yes, and I mean it cut off, I don't want to read in the Times Diary or miscellany that I asked for it to be cut out. [pause]
Dimbleby: All right, are we still running? Can I ask you this, then, which I mean, I.. let me put this question, I mean if you find this question offensive then..
Wilson: Coming to ask if your curiosity can be satisfied, I think it's disgraceful. Never had such a question in an interview in my life before.
Dimbleby: I.. [gasps]
Joe Haines (Wilson's Press Secretary): Well, let's stop now, and we can talk about it, shall we?
Dimbleby: No, let's.. well, I mean, we'll keep going, I think, don't you?
Wilson: No, I think we'll have a new piece of film in and start all over again. But if this film is used, or this is leaked, then there's going to be a hell of a row. And this must be..
Dimbleby: Well, I certainly wouldn't leak it..
Wilson: You may not leak it but these things do leak. I've never been to Lime Grove without it leaking.“

— Harold Wilson
Exchange with BBC interviewer David Dimbleby recorded for a documentary called "Yesterday's Men" broadcast on 16 June 1971. The BBC did agree not to show this portion of the interview, but Wilson's fears of a leak were justified as a transcript was published on page 1 of The Times on June 18, 1971. A fuller transcript appeared in Private Eye during 1972.

„From now on, the pound abroad is worth 14 per cent or so less in terms of other currencies. That doesn't mean, of course, that the Pound here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank, has been devalued.“

— Harold Wilson
Broadcast http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/19/newsid_3208000/3208396.stm (19 November 1967), following the devaluation of the Pound Sterling. Usually remembered as "the Pound in your pocket".

„A week is a long time in politics.“

— Harold Wilson
Possibly misattributed; according to Nigel Rees in Brewster's Quotations (1994), asked shortly after his retirement in 1977 about the quote, he could not pinpoint the first occasion on which he uttered the words.

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„He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.“

— Harold Wilson
Speech to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (23 January 1967), quoted in The New York Times (24 January 1967), p. 12.

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