Greatest lesser known victories for Prime Ministers?

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Harold Wilson kept us out of Vietnam “Wilson’s finest hour” Andrew Marr.
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Harold Wilson kept us out of Vietnam “Wilson’s finest hour” Andrew Marr.
Cameron pushed for austerity during a time when governments were happy to spend money like there was no tomorrow. Also this...
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The last Tory Prime Minister I cared for was Alec Douglas-Home.
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Margaret Thatcher getting the EU Single Market approved and pushed through. (In those days the Tories were a mainstream intelligent party with serious policies.)

New Labour passing laws that enabled the police to sequester cars on the spot where road taxes are not paid, or drivers not licensed or insured. Made the place a lot safer!
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Margaret Thatcher getting the EU Single Market approved and pushed through. (In those days the Tories were a mainstream intelligent party with serious policies.)

New Labour passing laws that enabled the police to sequester cars on the spot where road taxes are not paid, or drivers not licensed or insured. Made the place a lot safer!
The EU was fine when it was just a single market. The problem was it became a political project.

Some stereotypes are unfortunately true and the Germans do have a pathological need to control others (It is the historical consensus since Fritz Fischer that WW1 was Germany’s fault, we all know about WW2 and Germany’s snooping laws are extremely worrying).

New Labour were pragmatic, they won the 1997 election as David Dimbleby in one of his more lucid moments reflected, because of providing something real and not bluster unlike the Tories at the time.
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The EU was fine when it was just a single market. The problem was it became a political project.

Some stereotypes are unfortunately true and the Germans do have a pathological need to control others (It is the historical consensus since Fritz Fischer that WW1 was Germany’s fault, we all know about WW2 and Germany’s snooping laws are extremely worrying).

New Labour were pragmatic, they won the 1997 election as David Dimbleby in one of his more lucid moments reflected, because of providing something real and not bluster unlike the Tories at the time.
The EU has always been a fusion of self-interest, vaunting idealistic claims of a federal state and realpolitik. The Single Market was the UK applying pressure on it to make it more practically valuable.

The federal superstate remains an exaggerated fantasy in the main. The Commission people trot it out on autopilot but no serious national government in the EU is going to allow it.
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The EU has always been a fusion of self-interest, vaunting idealistic claims of a federal state and realpolitik. The Single Market was the UK applying pressure on it to make it more practically valuable.

The federal superstate remains an exaggerated fantasy in the main. The Commission people trot it out on autopilot but no serious national government in the EU is going to allow it.
I would be happy to keep the common European interest (thought would like to see Germany and France’s power reduced within the EU) and its collective tariff power against the abomination that is the USA.

I would just rather avoid Claude Drunker and the others dictating punitive copyright directives to British citizens.
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Technically under Jack Straw, but Blair pushed through the total ban on handguns and the Macpherson Report into the death of Stephen Lawrence.
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The EU was fine when it was just a single market. The problem was it became a political project.

Some stereotypes are unfortunately true and the Germans do have a pathological need to control others (It is the historical consensus since Fritz Fischer that WW1 was Germany’s fault, we all know about WW2 and Germany’s snooping laws are extremely worrying).

New Labour were pragmatic, they won the 1997 election as David Dimbleby in one of his more lucid moments reflected, because of providing something real and not bluster unlike the Tories at the time.
Given its mainly been the French trying to enforce their will on others in the EU...
As for snooping laws... ha.
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In time I expect the introduction of same sex marriage will be remembered, but David Cameron's role in getting it passed may be forgotten.
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Whatever else happens in this thread, we mustn't forget John Major's Cones Hotline.
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Another one.

Cameron was vehemently opposed by his own party for this, but kept to the commitment of 0.7% going towards international aid.
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Another one.

Cameron was vehemently opposed in his own party for this, but kept to his commitment of 0.7% going towards international aid.
He's been complaining on Twitter about Boris merging the DFID with the FO, presumably as a preamble to cutting it.
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He's been complaining on Twitter about Boris merging the DFID with the FO, presumably as a preamble to cutting it.
Yeah I saw that. Merging the DFID with the FO (or at least reducing DFID's contributions) has been a strong idea since May became PM.

It's only with the hefty majority now I think Boris has gone ahead and done it, but I seem to recall it being in the Tories' 2019 manifesto..
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