Simply the Best…

We should be used to this shouldn’t we? But Margaret Thatcher has topped to the polls AGAIN to be voted as the countrys “Best” post war Prime Minister. A poll for YouGov published yesterday asked 2000 people; “Since the Second World War, six Prime Ministers have served for 5 years or longer. Which of them do you regard as the BEST Prime Minister?” the results were as follows;

Margaret Thatcher (Conservative) – 35%
Tony Blair – (“New” Labour) – 21%
Harold Wilson – (Labour) – 9%
Clement Attlee – (Labour) – 6%
Harold Macmillan – (Conservative) 5%
John Major – (Conservative) 2%
Dont Know – 25%

I personally think that these results are fair as love them or loathe them Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair stand head and shoulders above the rest for their achievements, their undoubted flair for leadership and their enourmous international reputations and this is rightly reflected in poll after poll. As always however Maggie stands out as the nations most popular and most admired Former Prime Minister. Absence clearly makes the heart grow fonder…

*Hattip Conservativehome

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5 thoughts on “Simply the Best…

  1. Absence may make the heart grow fonder but only up to a point. Few people were alive when Atlee was ta number ten and this will be true for Thatcher sooner or later.

  2. Margaret Thatcher will always be remembered as an iconic figure. Attlee never inspired the same devotion or indeed the same hatred as Thatcher. I have always believed however that the vast majority of people agree Thatcher was good for Britain, and her supporters outnumber her detractors.

    Indeed a poll published after her departure at the height of her unpopularity showed a majority of people (granted only by a couple of % points) felt she had on balance been good for Britain. This figure has only increased as time has passed and the nation has reaped the rewards of her revolution. She will always be ranked highly in the Pantheon of Prime Ministers and she must be ranked as one of the greats.

  3. Hold the phone… lol… “few people were alive when Atlee was at Number 10”??? My grandmother was in her 20s. I think you’ll find there are PLENTY of people who were alive when Atlee was PM.

  4. “Attlee never inspired the same devotion or indeed the same hatred as Thatcher. ”

    I can assure you that he did. he was loved and despised by many people from surprising sectors of the political spectrum.

  5. ““few people were alive when Atlee was at Number 10″??? My grandmother was in her 20s. I think you’ll find there are PLENTY of people who were alive when Atlee was PM.”

    If you want to be completely pedantic you will find that it was a very small proportion of the number of people who have ever lived. ; )

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