- n. A surname, a variant of Gaskell.
“The threat of nuclear extinction seemed higher in 1961 and 1962 than at any other time in the cold war, hence the knife in Osborne's heart was intended particularly for prime minister Harold Macmillan and, even more particularly, for CND's bitter enemy, the Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell.”
“Former Guardian political editor Ian Aitken confirms Macmillan patronised Hugh Gaitskell, but found it harder to do to Harold Wilson.”
“Ambassador Aldrich reported to Secretary Dulles that Hugh Gaitskell and other Labour leaders had implored him to urge the United States to maintain its strong opposition to the “Eden-Mollet folly” in the Middle East.”
“Would the 1960s have been different if Hugh Gaitskell had not died prematurely?”
“Attlee sided with his Chancellor, Hugh Gaitskell, from his sickbed (“I am afraid they will have to go,” he mumbled to Gaitskell, who at first heard the remark as “very well, you will have to go”).”
“Blair's memoir is as its self-regarding best in recounting how he re-engineered the Labour party so it could never again undermine its leader, as it had Gaitskell, Wilson and Callaghan.”
“* A political term dating form the 1950s denoting a consensus combining the moderate Conservatism of R A Butler and the moderate Socialism of Hugh Gaitskell”
“I think that your real problem is that Attlee and Gaitskell were the only Leaders of a major British party, ever, to recognise, name and denounce European federalism.”
“(More generally, one must note that the Labour Party does seem to be led by either electable and affable Oxford graduates (Attlee, Gaitskell, Wilson, Blair) or chippy machine-politicans who rise up internally and then proceed to lose badly the first genuine election they ever face (Callaghan and, er, Brown).)”
“In October 1962 Hugh Gaitskell electrified the Labour Party conference with his 105 minute speech, wholly dedicated to the Common Market, he delivered the singular and now oft-quoted passage that has proved to be horribly prescient.”
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