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James Callaghan

Data de nascimento: 27. Março 1912
Data de falecimento: 26. Março 2005

Leonard James Callaghan, Barão Callaghan de Cardiff, KG, PC, foi um político britânico que foi primeiro-ministro do Reino Unido de 1976 até 1979.

Originário da classe operária e sem qualquer diploma universitário, James Callaghan iniciou a sua carreira na função pública, antes de se demitir em 1937, para se tornar dirigente sindical a tempo inteiro. Após a II Guerra Mundial, na qual serviu na Royal Navy, entrou no Partido Trabalhista, sendo eleito deputado por Cardiff em 1945. Na sua carreira política ocupou por diversas vezes o lugar de ministro-sombra na oposição trabalhista, antes de se tornar Secretário de Estado e depois Ministro nos governos de Harold Wilson. Ocupou a pasta de Finanças , Interior e Negócios Estrangeiros . Em Abril de 1976 substituiu Harold Wilson como líder trabalhista e primeiro-ministro. Três anos mais tarde, não resistiu à agitação social e à renovação conservadora protagonizada pela líder do Partido Conservador Margaret Thatcher, para quem perdeu as eleiçőes em 1979.

James Callaghan faleceu na véspera do seu 93° aniversário, onze dias depois do falecimento da sua mulher, Audrey Callaghan, com quem esteve casado durante 67 anos. Eles tiveram um filho e duas filhas:

Margaret Jay, Baronesa Jay de Paddington

A Honoravél Julie Hubbard

O Honoravél Michael Callaghan

Citações James Callaghan

„Well, that's a judgment that you are making. I promise you that if you look at it from outside, and perhaps you're taking rather a parochial view at the moment, I don't think that other people in the world would share the view that there is mounting chaos.“

—  James Callaghan

Response to Evening Standard reporter's question "What is your general approach, in view of the mounting chaos in the country at the moment?" (10 January 1979); used to justify The Sun headline "Crisis? What Crisis?" on 11 January.
Prime Minister

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„A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.“

—  James Callaghan

Though widely quoted from his speech in the House of Commons, (1 November 1976) published in Hansard, House of Commons, 5th series, vol. 918, col. 976.; this is actually a very old paraphrase of a statement of the 19th century minister Charles Spurgeon: "A lie travels round the world while truth is putting on her boots." Even in the paraphrased form Callaghan used, it was in widely familiar, many years prior to his use of it, and is evidenced to have been published in that form at least as early as 1939.
Misattributed

„I think there is a case for opening a national debate on these matters.“

—  James Callaghan

Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1976/oct/14/economic-policy-2 in the House of Commons (14 October 1976), referring to education policy. The phrase "national debate on education" is associated with Callaghan's speech at Ruskin College on 18 October 1976 but appears nowhere in the text; it was however used extensively in pre-briefing for the contents of the speech.
Prime Minister

„Now that the House of Commons has declared itself, we shall take our case to the country.“

—  James Callaghan

Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1979/mar/28/her-majestys-government-opposition-motion in the House of Commons (28 March 1979). Following the announcement that the government had lost by 1 vote, Callaghan declared his intention to call a general election
Prime Minister

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