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James Callaghan

Fecha de nacimiento: 27. Marzo 1912
Fecha de muerte: 26. Marzo 2005


Leonard James Callaghan, barón Callaghan of Cardiff, LG, CP fue un político británico que se desempeñó como primer ministro del Reino Unido desde 1976 hasta 1979 y líder del Partido Laborista desde 1976 hasta 1980. Callaghan es hasta la fecha el único político de la historia británica que ocupó las denominadas "Grandes Oficinas del Estado": fue ministro de hacienda entre 1964 y 1967, secretario de Estado para Asuntos Internos entre 1967 y 1970 y secretario de Estado para Relaciones Exteriores y de la Mancomunidad desde 1974 hasta su elección como primer ministro en 1976.

Durante el período en que estuvo a cargo del Ministerio de Hacienda la economía británica se encontraba en una situación difícil: tuvo que lidiar con un déficit en la balanza de pagos y dificultades monetarias. En noviembre de 1967 el gobierno se vio forzado devaluar la libra esterlina a pesar de que había declarado previamente que tal medida no iba a ser necesaria. Callaghan presentó su renuncia pero terminó intercambiando su posición con Roy Jenkins. Como viceministro de Interior Callaghan envió a las Fuerzas armadas en apoyo de la policía de Irlanda del Norte.

Frases James Callaghan

„For 338 paragraphs the Franks report painted a splendid picture, delineated the light and the shade, and the glowing colours in it, and when Franks got to paragraph 339 he got fed up with the canvas he was painting and chucked a bucket of whitewash over it.“

—  James Callaghan
Speech in the House of Commons (26 January 1983) responding to the Franks Inquiry into intelligence before the Falklands War.<!-- Hansard 6th series, vol. 36 -->


„Those who advocate devaluation are calling for a reduction in the wage levels and the real wage standards of every member of the working class.“

—  James Callaghan
"Chancellor stands by three per cent growth and no devaluation", The Times, 25 July 1967, p. 13 The government was forced to devalue in November 1967.

„I think there is a case for opening a national debate on these matters.“

—  James Callaghan
Statement in the House of Commons (14 October 1976), referring to education policy. The phrase "national debate on education" is associated with Callaghan's speech at Ruskin College on 18 October 1976 but appears nowhere in the text; it was however used extensively in pre-briefing for the contents of the speech.

„I hate putting up taxes.“

—  James Callaghan
Interview on BBC television, 20 May, 1965.

„A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.“

—  James Callaghan
Though widely quoted from his speech in the House of Commons, (1 November 1976) published in Hansard, House of Commons, 5th series, vol. 918, col. 976.; this is actually a very old paraphrase of a statement of the 19th century minister Charles Spurgeon: "A lie travels round the world while truth is putting on her boots." Even in the paraphrased form Callaghan used, it was in widely familiar, many years prior to his use of it, and is evidenced to have been published in that form at least as early as 1939.

„Now that the House of Commons has declared itself, we shall take our case to the country.“

—  James Callaghan
Speech in the House of Commons (28 March 1979). Following the announcement that the government had lost by 1 vote, Callaghan declared his intention to call a general election.


„The commentators have fixed the month for me, they have chosen the date and the day. But I advise them: "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched." Remember what happened to Marie Lloyd. She fixed the day and the date, and she told us what happened. As far as I remember it went like this: 'There was I, waiting at the church&ndash;' (laughter). Perhaps you recall how it went on. 'All at once he sent me round a note. Here's the very note. This is what he wrote: "Can't get away to marry you today, my wife won't let me."' Now let me just make clear that I have promised nobody that I shall be at the altar in October? Nobody at all.“

—  James Callaghan
"Mr Callaghan renews plea for 5% pay guideline", The Times, 6 September 1978, p. 4. Speech at the Trades Union Congress, 5 September 1978. Callaghan was teasing the audience about the date for the impending general election. Although his message was intended to convey that he may not call an election in October, many people interpreted him as saying that the opposition would be caught unprepared by an October election. Callaghan deliberately misattributed the music hall song "Waiting at the Church" to Marie Lloyd rather than to its real singer, Vesta Victoria, knowing that Vesta Victoria was too obscure for the audience to recognise.


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