Definition of Harold Macmillan from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Harold Macmillan

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(1894-1986) a British Conservative politician. He entered Parliament in 1924 and was Foreign Secretary (1955) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1955-7) before becoming Prime Minister (1957-63). After gaining power he concentrated on improving Britain's international relations and encouraging economic growth, becoming known for his phrase 'You've never had it so good' (taken from a US election campaign). Because of his successes he was sometimes called 'Supermac' by the press. The Profumo affair in 1963 damaged his party and he resigned later that year because of ill health, being replaced by Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Macmillan was the author of several books, including Winds of Change (1966). He was made an earl in 1984.
The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and, whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
Harold Macmillan in a 1960 speech on Africa