View Full Version : The Plot Against Harrold Wilson?
16th Mar 2006, 21:10
Anybody else watching this?,facinating stuff,and safe to discuss as it is history now not politics.
One well recals the seamans strike and the chaos of the seventies.
16th Mar 2006, 21:51
Absitnence or Coitus Interruptus?
16th Mar 2006, 21:57
The fact that any political party in Britain that sings the 'Red Flag'
and has communist trades unions dictating it's policies must make
it a bit suspect when it becomes the government.
Poor old Harold, Mary and Marcia. Whatever happened to 'the white
heat of the technological revolution' and 'the pound in your pocket......'
All seems such a long time ago, and so ludicrous!!:hmm:
16th Mar 2006, 22:01
It seemed ludicrous at the time, too. Harold's election prompted at least one of us, unfortunately unaware of ceratin others, to seek new horizons.
16th Mar 2006, 22:07
Discussed on the mil forum as well.
16th Mar 2006, 22:16
Oh dear one dassn't go in there they shout at civilians.
One liked Harrold, but being a member of the NUS at the time although in truth most of the members had little trust in said union for various reasons,the main one being they acted more like a American dockside union being run by Tony Soprano and his crew,most of us were supprised when the strike was called,as the union had for years been in the pockets of the ship owners.
These events put me off Wison as he claimed that some of the senior executive were in the pay of Moscow,which seemed very unlikely to us at the time,but as it turned out old Harrold was telling nothing but the truth.
16th Mar 2006, 22:41
thanks Drapes for the alert. Well remember those times: I was with Maggie Booth, ashore and in another continent so the perspective is slightly different.
16th Mar 2006, 23:15
Tell you a story,was on a coaster at the time we were in Amsterdam,we hear a rumour that the Merchant Navy are to be put back on a 56 hour week,this seems to crazy to be true,we get back to gateshead quay and the finger from the union turns up with his minders,
"We must have a branch meeting ,we havent had one for years" says he,
Obviously the first thing that comes up is this 56 hour week rumour,
"All nonsense says he" he departs, great we think.we sail back to Amsterdam,and on the radio that Sunday what do we hear? the British Merchant Navy has been put back on a 56 hour week.
17th Mar 2006, 04:57
Dunno much about him except Alf Garnett referring to him as "Yer Harold bloody Wilson"
Um....or am I getting confuzzled with Kevin Bloody Wilson?
17th Mar 2006, 08:18
but being a member of the NUS at the time
Draper a member of the National Union of Students, whatever next!!!!
17th Mar 2006, 08:36
Twas Harold Wilson that sowed the first seeds of political cynicism in me.
When I was ten years old there was a family wedding. One of my Uncles insisted in staying at Posh hotel instead of mucking in with the rest of us.
Myself and my father were delegated to go and have dinner with the uncle and family. Mr Wilson was also staying at the Hotel and at dinner we were seated a couple of tables away. Shortly after we'd been seated the local press arrived and a photo call ensued. The great man sat there waving a handled pint pot and his famous pipe, that is until the photographer left whereupon they were disposed of with much despatch and a large brandy and even larger cigar arrived.
At the time I was mortified that this sort of deceptive behaviour was going on. As a child you have a more simplistic view of the world and see things as black and white.
Nowadays I'd dismiss it as PR fluff, but it certainly made me look at authority in a different light from then on.
17th Mar 2006, 08:59
Also reflecting todays events I caught the back end of a drama about Wilsons resignation Honours list the other night,called The Lavender List one is keeping toot for a repeat, just shows history repeating itself.
Always thought that the honours list is a particularlt British version of downright corruption,very useful for keeping the great and the good in check,nowt like the threat of a withheld peerage or knighthood for keeping gobs shut, and whoever occupies number ten never has to fear the outcome of independent or public enquirery into scandle as long as there are gongs to offer for the right outcome
17th Mar 2006, 13:27
The Wilson era was in retrospect intriguing times, but just you wait and see what history makes of Mr Blair. This country and its ethnic peoples has lost more over the last 8 years than it ever did under the Wilson administration
17th Mar 2006, 14:31
Didn't LBJ say about Wilson; "we got enough pollution around here already without Harold coming over with his fly open and his pecker hanging out, peeing all over me"...
17th Mar 2006, 15:38
Remember the Monty Python joke at the time:
"Apparantly Mr Wilson has just has an A******e transplant. Regretfully, the
A******e refected Mr Wilson"