Definition of James Callaghan from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


James Callaghan

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(1912-2005) a British Labour politician and Prime Minister (1976-9). During his time as Prime Minister there were many strikes in Britain, including the winter of discontent, and Labour lost the next general election. Callaghan was made a life peer in 1987.
There are times, perhaps once every thirty years, when there is a sea change in politics. It then does not matter what you say or what you do. There is a shift in what the public wants and what it approves of. I suspect there is now such a sea change – and it is for Mrs Thatcher.
James Callaghan, 1979