Tillerscast (5): the Six Midwives of Harold and Company – the Conservative Chancellors and Economic Policy, 1951-64

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Edmund Dell famously quipped that Harold Macmillan got through chancellors rather as Henry VIII got through wives, though with rather less satisfaction. The key issue is whether short-term political advantage was given priority over the underlying problems of the economy.

The answer would appear to be yes…

You can read about the individual chancellors more fully here: Rab Butler, Harold Macmillan, Peter Thorneycroft, Derick Heathcoat Amory, Selwyn Lloyd and Reginald Maudling.

And the best book on the post-war chancellors of the exchequer:

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