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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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A fascinating anecdote about Harold MacMillan: "[Oswald] Mosley won a seat in parliament at the age of 22, as a Conservative-supporting Coalition-Unionist, and then crossed the floor to join the Labour Party. He soon became disenchanted and formed the New Party, which evolved in 1932 into The BUF. Harold Macmillan considered following him, but his antennae twitched in time. He did offer his friend some advice though. He told him he was doomed when he tried to get his fascists to wear black shirts. 'You must be mad,' he said, 'whenever the British feel strongly about anything, they wear grey flannel trousers and tweed jackets.'"