Sunday, October 11, 2015

RIP Healey and Howe

It's not often that two major British politicians die within a week of each other, but farewell Denis Healey (98) and Geoffrey Howe (88). Despite being ideologically opposed and having very different characters (extrovert Healey famously likened an attack by mild-mannered Howe to “being savaged by a dead sheep”), they were in fact great friends. Of the two, Howe will doubtless be remembered best, not so much for his positions in Government (he was both Chancellor and Foreign Secretary; Healey was 'just' the former), policies or any great treaty, but for his resignation speech in November 1990 which effectively brought Thatcher down.

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