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The way we were

Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine

1963: Labour and the Conservatives both choose new leaders

On 18th January, 1963. Tony Benn, Labour MP, writes in his diary:

“Hugh Gaitskell died today a^ er a terrific fight for his life over the last week or so... He was a divisive leader of the Party. He had a real civil servant’s mind—very little imagination and hardly any understanding of how people worked… it looks as if George Brown will succeed him and for a number of reasons he is totally unsuited to be Leader.”

Left, Alec Douglas Home and right, Harold Wilson
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In Prospect’s August issue: Rachel Sylvester argues that the EU referendum has started a re-alignment of British politics while Roger Scruton and Jay Elwes say that it has thrown Britain into a bout of self-examination with the fundamental question of who we are as a nation at its centre. In addition, Peter Mandelson says without reform the EU could fall victim to a populist uprising. Also in this issue: Philip Ball explores quantum entanglement, George Magnus looks at the political situation in Brazil ahead of the Olympics and Adam Mars-Jones unpicks the work of Steven Spielberg. James Cusick looks at the impact of the Chilcot report and Kathy Lette explains what the world would be like if she was in charge.
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