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The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Tears from a serial flapper

'Fuddy-duddy' or the 'apotheosis of aplomb'? Gerald Kaufman assesses the premiership of Harold Macmillan

'Harold Wilson would have drowned but for us'

FIRST-HAND Isabel Wolff recalls how her family rescued the then Opposition leader - and changed history

OBITUARIES: Lord Wilson of Rievaulx

May I describe another incident which illustrates Harold Wilson's readiness to take trouble in order to assist people in difficulty? writes Professor Thomas Wilson [further to the obituary by John Beavan, 25 May].

'Sir Harold' gaffe

From Mrs J. F. Green

TONY BLAIR by Will Self

The novelist Will Self tells why Tony Blair 'gets right up my nose'

Honest John

What is the reason for John Cole's 'love affair' with politicians? Why does he believe them to be fundamentally decent? James Rampton grilled him on 50 years at Westminster

The man who meant something

Ben Pimlott, biographer, assesses the legacy of the grammar school boy who presided over a nation in flux

My fond memories of Harold and the dread decade

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Lessons of the Wilson years

An appreciation by Tony Blair of his predecessor who gave Labour 11 years in power; A new era was dawning. Culturally, the Beatles captured that spirit. In political terms Wilson did That he escaped the plots against him was down to the fact that he remained popular with the public

Hero or villain, it was Wilson who usually made the news

Twenty years after his last election victory, it is easy to forget that, for more than a decade, Harold Wilson dominated British politics.

22 OBITUARY; Lord Wilson of Rievaulx

A homely, pipe-smoking, classless man, like a good family doctor

When the means became the end

The death of Harold Wilson after so many twilight years ought to touch us all, however gently. His story is part of the story of post- war Britain. This small, rounded, shrewd-eyed man dominated our public life for over a decade. The visions he conjured, the hopes he dashed, entered the country's imagination. And his failure was our national failure too.

The man in the telegenic mac

AS IT SEEMED TO ME: Political Memoirs by John Cole, Weidenfeld pounds 20

Obituary: Sir James Scott-Hopkins

In his obituary of Sir James Scott-Hopkins [14 March], Richard O'Sullivan tells us that "Politics was but part of Jim Scott-Hopkins's life." Indeed, writes D. F. King. According to David Leigh's book The Wilson Plot (1988), Scott-Hopkins served in the Second World War, and remained until 1950, in Military Intelligence.
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