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much more than cliches.

discipline, orderliness, thrift and educational achievement.

"In that background there was little sexual liberation, arty culture or social climbing," observed Donohue.

"It was very Gilbert and Sullivan and not Benjamin Britten or Bach.

"He stuck to those roots and values and it was very much to his credit that he was not seduced by metropolitan glitz."

In a long career at the top of politics, Harold survived various plots to oust him, telling his rebellious ministers on one occasion: "I know what's going on, I'm going on."

But going on was what he couldn't do beyond the age of 60. By then, the workaholic who fought his way from Huddersfield to Downing Street wanted a quiet life - and to give the British people one, too.

Harold's own private life was quiet indeed. He and Mary had two sons, Giles, who became a teacher and Robin, a maths professor, but they didn't push the family into the limelight. Indeed it was said that Mary - a published poet - hated "living over the shop" in Number 10.

Hence their retreat to a holiday home in the Scilly Isles whenever they could.

Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield who knew Harold in his last years and is now leading a Parliamentary campaign to celebrate his memory, says: "This very much neglected man was a great Prime Minister."

I can only say "Amen" to that.


| Harold outside Number 10 with wife Mary Wilson and son Robin Wilson in 1967

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2016
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