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To what extent did Wilson's achievements as Prime minister and leader of his party outweighs his failures between 1963 and 1976?

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To what extent did Wilson's achievements as Prime minister and leader of his party outweighs his failures between 1963 and 1976? Wilson's achievements as Prime minister outweighs his failures as he was able to get Labour into power after a phenomenal thirteen years of Conservative rule. His main achievement as Labour leader was to get the party into power in 1964. He did this by making the party respectable and untied. This was achieved not only by his own hard work, but the failures of the Conservative government, such as not joining the E.E.C. and there being a continuous rise in unemployment. He also promised so much in his manifesto, such as the 'White Heat of Technology', which was to endorse money into scientific projects to hopefully increase Britain's potential competitiveness in trade on a worldwide scale. Although Wilson was unable to fulfil his promise of the 'White Heat of Technology' as all the proposed research went into 'arms' and Concorde projects. ...read more.

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If he had devalued earlier then the economy may have recovered much more rapidly and stagnation may not have occurred. This could therefore be one of his main failures as PM due to stagnation proving to be a prime aspect to the economy being in a severe state of failure. Despite this though, devaluation was bold and paid off in the long run as in the 1970's the economy did start to recover although this was relative to other European and Middle-eastern countries. Wilson's also attempted to create much better relations between the government and the Trade Unions. Barbara Castle, a Labour MP, proposed the White Paper named 'In place of strife' which planned to put restraints on the trade unions, such as not being able to strike without holding a ballot first with a majority in favour of a strike and being able to demand wage increases. This was an achievement, because it did prove very popular with the public and it addressed the problems between the trade unions and the government. ...read more.

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had no real regulation or procedure for raising production or exports which were the main factors as to why the economy was not up to the same standard as other European and Middle-eastern countries. Overall at during the period 1963-70 Wilson was a failure as a PM as he dashed high hopes of the electoral as he did not carry out his pledges in his manifesto, such as increasing the school leaving age and increasing the number of homes being built. Although this was actually due to the state of the economy, which was left by the Conservative government, therefore Wilson was only a failure of as a PM not as a leader though. Although Wilson did lose power in 1970 which can be seen as a failure as both a PM and as a leader although he did exceedingly well to win the 1974 election, which shows that he must have done a good job in the government previously otherwise the electoral would not have voted for him. ...read more.

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