Welcome to Harold Macmillan’s jaded administration in the first week of July 1962, exactly 50 years ago. This languid member of Britain’s landed elite had led the Conservatives to an easy victory in the election of 1959.
Compared to Cameron, Macmillan was a parvenu bourgeois. He came from a publishing family (demn close to trade!) and his grandfather was a crofter.
Sure, he became very grand but he was most certainly not a member of the \”landed elite\”. That\’s not how we do class in England.