->''"Indeed let us be frank about it, most of our people have never had it so good."''
->''"Events, my dear boy, events."''
Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957 to 1963. He came to power after Creator/AnthonyEden resigned and won a landslide victory in 1959. In 1963, misdiagnosed with prostate cancer, he suddenly resigned.
Known as "Supermac" (a nickname coined by cartoonist Victor "Vicky" Weisz as an [[InsultBackfire insult]]), Macmillan's time in office saw a prosperous Britain, but later a wage freeze due to balance of payments issues. 1962 saw the "Night of the Long Knives", where eight members of his Cabinet were sacked in one go. The next year saw the Profumo scandal, which can be summarised as "Cabinet minister sleeps with prostitute who is also sleeping with Soviet spy".
Mac got on well with JohnFKennedy, seeing himself as a kind of mentor to the young President. Just before the Cuban Missile Crisis, he passed a copy of Barbara Tuchman's history book ''The Guns of August'' to Kennedy, with his recommendations. Earlier on he was also friendly with President Eisenhower, the two of them having met DuringTheWar.
SuperiorFirepower in the UK was increased during this time (the Thor missiles were deployed) and the decision was made to buy Polaris from the US. A reluctance to share nuclear secrets with France led to de Gaulle vetoing the UK's first attempt to enter the [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion EEC]].
Besides the two quotes given above, he is also famous for his "Winds of Change" speech in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica in which he made it clear that black majority rule was inevitable (needless to say, his apartheid South African hosts disagreed). Several British colonies in Africa were decolonized during his premiership: Gold Coast (today Ghana), Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Before entering politics, Macmillan had been a soldier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, one time, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome reading poetry while waiting to be rescued from no man's land]].
Following Mac's resignation, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who many Brits haven't heard of, spent a year as PM, before losing to HaroldWilson.