I personally believe it was Winston Churchill. His exceptional leadership during WWII shall never be surpassed. But to be fair, he was not necessarily as great on the domestic front. So I was thinking I would also ask another question: if Winston Churchill (although not everyone may agree) was the greatest wartime Prime Minister, who was the greatest Prime Minister domestically?
For me it would have to be Clement Attlee! Welfare state *****es! I also liked Stanley Baldwin because of reasons.
Clement Atlee really? I'd argue the Labour Reforms were a direct result of William Beveridge, not him.
Got to give a shoutout to Sir Walpole who kicked it all off.
Even as a free market libertarian I'd probably say Clement Attlee. Britain had spent 1/4 of it's national wealth on the war, debt was up threefold, economy reliant on the lend-lease agreement with the USA. Despite all this he still managed to expand (not create) the welfare state, and found the mixed economy. In the 21st century when our welfare state and public sector are now thanks to New Labour unsustainably big, his socialist policies would be ****. But at a time when the richest 1% owned 60% of the wealth he was the right man for the job.
Churchill obviously. Any of the other candidates in 1940 would have lead us to defeat or surrender.
Benjamin Disraeli, without a doubt.
Churchill was a warmongering sociopath. So were the rest of them.