En el libro humorístico de Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, Yes, Prime Minister (BBC Books), encontramos este fragmento, donde queda claro como algunos altos funcionarios prefieren un Primer Ministro… un poco especial:

The ideal Prime Minister

Here is another extract from Yes, Prime Minister, the political satire. It is a section of the private diaries of a senior civil servant. In it, he describes his conversation with another top civil servant, in which they discuss who should become the new Prime Minister.

               “We take a fairly dim view of them both [the two candidates]. It is a difficult choice, rather like asking which lunatic should run the asylum.

               We both agreed that they would present the same problems. They are both interventionists and they would both have foolish notions about running the country themselves if they became Prime Minister (…) It is clearly advisable to look for a compromise candidate.

               We agreed that such a candidate must have the following qualities: he must be malleable, flexible, likeable, have no firm opinions, no bright ideas, not be intellectually committed, and be without the strength of purpose to change anything. Above all, he must be someone whom we know can be professionally guided, and who is willing to leave the business of government in the hands of experts”.

Prime Ministers since 1940

  • Winston Churchill (1940-45)
  • Clement Attlee (1945-51)
  • Winston Churchill (1951-55)
  • Anthony Eden (1955-57)
  • Harold Macmillan (1957-63)
  • Alec Douglas-Home (1963-64)
  • Harold Wilson (1964-70)
  • Edward Heath (1970-74)
  • Harold Wilson (1974-76)
  • James Callaghan (1976-79)
  • MargaretThatcher (1979-90)
  • John Major (1990-97)
  • Tony Blair (1997-2007)
  • Gordon Brown (2007-2010)
  • David Cameron (2010-2016)

(Tomado de James O’Driscoll, Britain for Learners of English, Oxford University Press, 2014, p. 87.)