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->''"I have always had a hidden wish, a frustrated desire, to run a hotel."''

Edward "Ted" Heath (1916-2005) was British Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and a pro-European Conservative.

"Sailor Ted" as he was also known (other nicknames included "The Grocer" or "Grocer Heath", after negotiating for the UK at a food prices conference) took Britain into the [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion EEC]], mainly because Charles de Gaulle wasn't around any more to stop him.

His early career saw him as President of the Oxford Union (the University's debating society and a fairly frequent stepping stone on the road to Downing Street) and an opponent of appeasement. He became the first elected leader of his party in 1965. He lost the 1966 election, but went on to unexpectedly win in 1970. In his first year of office, he completed the transition to decimal coinage.

Heath's time in office saw UsefulNotes/TheTroubles escalate in Northern Ireland, particularly after the Bloody Sunday incident in January 1973. His attempts to mediate the conflict were unsuccessful, instead causing a split with his Ulster Unionist allies. He also had to contend with a lot of strikes, inflation, rising unemployment and other economic problems. Some of these were caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis.

He was confronted by a miner's strike in 1974 and responded to the coal shortage with the Three Day Week - most homes and businesses were limited to using electricity just three days a week. He also called an election in February, hoping to get a mandate to face down the strike. This instead resulted in a hung parliament with the Conservatives taking the most votes, but Labour winning the most seats. UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson became PM.

Heath spent no less than 51 years in the House of Commons, retiring in 2001. His successor in that seat, Derek Conway, only spent nine following a scandal which essentially involved registering his relatives as employees and paying them for work they didn't do.

He never got on with UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. She had served under him as Minister for Education and Science and defeated him in the 1975 party leadership battle. Heath went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her and openly criticized her economic policies.

Keen on sailing (as his nickname should imply), he was also an amateur musician responsible for the installation of a grand piano in Number 10, and on a few occasions conducted orchestras.

In his youth he was in WorldWarTwo and once had to organise a firing squad. Some of the Soviet leaders blew this incident out of proportion and thought he had been ThePoliticalOfficer. Before that, he traveled Europe, attending the 1937 Nuremberg rally, where he met Hitler, Goring, and Himmler ("the most evil man I have ever met"), visited besieged Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, and Germany again - indeed, he had to cycle to Holland in order to return to the UK, crossing the border hours before it was closed.

He also never married.

'''In fiction:'''
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'''s particular Heath parody was "Heathco", in which Heath ran a grocery store. The fact that UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's father was (actually) a grocer meant they had much fun pretending Thatcher was Heath's daughter (particularly considering how the two didn't get on).
* Music/TheBeatles' "Taxman" namechecks both him and his rival, then-Prime Minister UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson.
* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' featured him from time to time, notably in the ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' parody where he is seen sadly shaking his head as the Conservative cabinet sings "Tomorrow Belongs to Me", and "Exchequers" (a home for retired Prime Ministers) where he annoys the others with his organ-playing.
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->''"I have always had a hidden wish, a frustrated desire, to run a hotel."''

Edward "Ted" Heath (1916-2005) was British Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and a pro-European Conservative.

"Sailor Ted" as he was also known (other nicknames included "The Grocer" or "Grocer Heath", after negotiating for the UK at a food prices conference) took Britain into the [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion EEC]], mainly because Charles de Gaulle wasn't around any more to stop him.

His early career saw him as President of the Oxford Union (the University's debating society and a fairly frequent stepping stone on the road to Downing Street) and an opponent of appeasement. He became the first elected leader of his party in 1965. He lost the 1966 election, but went on to unexpectedly win in 1970. In his first year of office, he completed the transition to decimal coinage.

Heath's time in office saw UsefulNotes/TheTroubles escalate in Northern Ireland, particularly after the Bloody Sunday incident in January 1973. His attempts to mediate the conflict were unsuccessful, instead causing a split with his Ulster Unionist allies. He also had to contend with a lot of strikes, inflation, rising unemployment and other economic problems. Some of these were caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis.

He was confronted by a miner's strike in 1974 and responded to the coal shortage with the Three Day Week - most homes and businesses were limited to using electricity just three days a week. He also called an election in February, hoping to get a mandate to face down the strike. This instead resulted in a hung parliament with the Conservatives taking the most votes, but Labour winning the most seats. UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson became PM.

Heath spent no less than 51 years in the House of Commons, retiring in 2001. His successor in that seat, Derek Conway, only spent nine following a scandal which essentially involved registering his relatives as employees and paying them for work they didn't do.

He never got on with UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. She had served under him as Minister for Education and Science and defeated him in the 1975 party leadership battle. Heath went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her and openly criticized her economic policies.

Keen on sailing (as his nickname should imply), he was also an amateur musician responsible for the installation of a grand piano in Number 10, and on a few occasions conducted orchestras.

In his youth he was in WorldWarTwo and once had to organise a firing squad. Some of the Soviet leaders blew this incident out of proportion and thought he had been ThePoliticalOfficer. Before that, he traveled Europe, attending the 1937 Nuremberg rally, where he met Hitler, Goring, and Himmler ("the most evil man I have ever met"), visited besieged Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, and Germany again - indeed, he had to cycle to Holland in order to return to the UK, crossing the border hours before it was closed.

He also never married.

'''In fiction:'''
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'''s particular Heath parody was "Heathco", in which Heath ran a grocery store. The fact that UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's father was (actually) a grocer meant they had much fun pretending Thatcher was Heath's daughter (particularly considering how the two didn't get on).
* Music/TheBeatles' "Taxman" namechecks both him and his rival, then-Prime Minister UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson.
* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' featured him from time to time, notably in the ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' parody where he is seen sadly shaking his head as the Conservative cabinet sings "Tomorrow Belongs to Me", and "Exchequers" (a home for retired Prime Ministers) where he annoys the others with his organ-playing.
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30th Sep '14 5:03:11 PM mlsmithca
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* ''SpittingImage'' featured him from time to time, notably in the ''{{cabaret}}'' parody where he is seen sadly shaking his head as the Conservative cabinet sings ''Tomorrow Belongs to Me'' and ''Exchequers'' (a home for retired Prime Ministers) where he annoys the others with his organ-playing.

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* ''SpittingImage'' ''Series/SpittingImage'' featured him from time to time, notably in the ''{{cabaret}}'' ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' parody where he is seen sadly shaking his head as the Conservative cabinet sings ''Tomorrow "Tomorrow Belongs to Me'' Me", and ''Exchequers'' "Exchequers" (a home for retired Prime Ministers) where he annoys the others with his organ-playing.
30th Sep '14 3:30:50 PM MarkLungo
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-->''I have always had a hidden wish, a frustrated desire, to run a hotel.''

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He was confronted by a miner's strike in 1974 and responded to the coal shortage with the Three Day Week - most homes and businesses were limited to using electricity just three days a week. He also called an election in February, hoping to get a mandate to face down the strike. This instead resulted in a hung parliament with the Conservatives taking the most votes, but Labour winning the most seats. HaroldWilson became PM.

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He was confronted by a miner's strike in 1974 and responded to the coal shortage with the Three Day Week - most homes and businesses were limited to using electricity just three days a week. He also called an election in February, hoping to get a mandate to face down the strike. This instead resulted in a hung parliament with the Conservatives taking the most votes, but Labour winning the most seats. HaroldWilson UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson became PM.



He never got on with MargaretThatcher. She had served under him as Minister for Education and Science and defeated him in the 1975 party leadership battle. Heath went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her and openly criticized her economic policies.

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He never got on with MargaretThatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. She had served under him as Minister for Education and Science and defeated him in the 1975 party leadership battle. Heath went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her and openly criticized her economic policies.



* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'''s particular Heath parody was "Heathco", in which Heath ran a grocery store. The fact that MargaretThatcher's father was (actually) a grocer meant they had much fun pretending Thatcher was Heath's daughter (particularly considering how the two didn't get on).
* Music/TheBeatles' "Taxman" namechecks both him and his rival, then-Prime Minister HaroldWilson.
* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns MargaretThatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].

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* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'''s particular Heath parody was "Heathco", in which Heath ran a grocery store. The fact that MargaretThatcher's UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's father was (actually) a grocer meant they had much fun pretending Thatcher was Heath's daughter (particularly considering how the two didn't get on).
* Music/TheBeatles' "Taxman" namechecks both him and his rival, then-Prime Minister HaroldWilson.
UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson.
* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].
9th Sep '14 1:26:21 AM JohnPrestwick
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His early career saw him as President of the Oxford Union (the University's debating society and a fairly frequent stepping stone on the road to Downing Street) and an opponent of appeasement. He became the first elected leader of his party

Heath's time in office saw UsefulNotes/TheTroubles escalate, a lot of strikes and the Three-Day Week, caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis. The last led to him calling an election, which resulted in a Hung Parliament with the Conservatives having the most votes, but Labour the most seats. HaroldWilson became PM.

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His early career saw him as President of the Oxford Union (the University's debating society and a fairly frequent stepping stone on the road to Downing Street) and an opponent of appeasement. He became the first elected leader of his party

party in 1965. He lost the 1966 election, but went on to unexpectedly win in 1970. In his first year of office, he completed the transition to decimal coinage.

Heath's time in office saw UsefulNotes/TheTroubles escalate, escalate in Northern Ireland, particularly after the Bloody Sunday incident in January 1973. His attempts to mediate the conflict were unsuccessful, instead causing a split with his Ulster Unionist allies. He also had to contend with a lot of strikes strikes, inflation, rising unemployment and the Three-Day Week, other economic problems. Some of these were caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis. The last led crisis.

He was confronted by a miner's strike in 1974 and responded
to him calling the coal shortage with the Three Day Week - most homes and businesses were limited to using electricity just three days a week. He also called an election, which election in February, hoping to get a mandate to face down the strike. This instead resulted in a Hung Parliament hung parliament with the Conservatives having taking the most votes, but Labour winning the most seats. HaroldWilson became PM.



He never got on well with MargaretThatcher (who had served under him as Minister for Education and Science), and after she succeeded him as Conservative leader he went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her. Heath openly criticized her economic policies.

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He never got on well with MargaretThatcher (who MargaretThatcher. She had served under him as Minister for Education and Science), Science and after she succeeded defeated him as Conservative leader he in the 1975 party leadership battle. Heath went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her. Heath her and openly criticized her economic policies.
28th Dec '13 2:20:52 AM MysteriousF
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He never got on well with MargaretThatcher (who had served under him as Minister for Education and Science), and after she succeeded him as Conservative leader he went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her.

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He never got on well with MargaretThatcher (who had served under him as Minister for Education and Science), and after she succeeded him as Conservative leader he went into a decades-long sulk aimed at her.
her. Heath openly criticized her economic policies.
19th Dec '13 4:48:06 PM LongLiveHumour
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Heath's time in office saw TheTroubles escalate, a lot of strikes and the Three-Day Week, caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis. The last led to him calling an election, which resulted in a Hung Parliament with the Conservatives having the most votes, but Labour the most seats. HaroldWilson became PM.

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Heath's time in office saw TheTroubles UsefulNotes/TheTroubles escalate, a lot of strikes and the Three-Day Week, caused by the 1973 Yom Kippur War and resultant oil crisis. The last led to him calling an election, which resulted in a Hung Parliament with the Conservatives having the most votes, but Labour the most seats. HaroldWilson became PM.
23rd Nov '13 7:59:51 AM Achaemenid
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-->''I have always had a hidden wish, a frustrated desire, to run a hotel.''



In his youth he was in WorldWarTwo and once had to organise a firing squad. Some of the Soviet leaders blew this incident out of proportion and thought he had been ThePoliticalOfficer.

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In his youth he was in WorldWarTwo and once had to organise a firing squad. Some of the Soviet leaders blew this incident out of proportion and thought he had been ThePoliticalOfficer.
ThePoliticalOfficer. Before that, he traveled Europe, attending the 1937 Nuremberg rally, where he met Hitler, Goring, and Himmler ("the most evil man I have ever met"), visited besieged Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, and Germany again - indeed, he had to cycle to Holland in order to return to the UK, crossing the border hours before it was closed.
29th Sep '13 3:01:03 PM Quag15
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14th May '13 3:47:04 PM MarkLungo
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"Sailor Ted" as he was also known (other nicknames included "The Grocer" or "Grocer Heath", after negotiating for the UK at a food prices conference) took Britain into the [[EuropeanUnion EEC]], mainly because de Gaulle wasn't around any more to stop him.

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"Sailor Ted" as he was also known (other nicknames included "The Grocer" or "Grocer Heath", after negotiating for the UK at a food prices conference) took Britain into the [[EuropeanUnion [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion EEC]], mainly because Charles de Gaulle wasn't around any more to stop him.
2nd Feb '13 2:11:48 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns Margaret Thatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].

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* In ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', economic recovery leads to him narrowly winning the 1974 election with a reduced majority and he remains PM, instituting authoritarian policies in response to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles heating up and advocating a European defence alliance due to America being gripped with political strife. He assigns Margaret Thatcher MargaretThatcher to an anti-terrorism cabinet post, probably in the hope it will tarnish her career. He then badly loses the 1977 election to Denis Healey's Labour after failing to prevent terrorist atrocities such as [[spoiler:the assassination of the Queen]].
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