Jonathan Colman's A 'special relationship'?: Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson PDF

By Jonathan Colman

ISBN-10: 0719070104

ISBN-13: 9780719070105

Drawing upon an in depth diversity of assets from either side of the Atlantic, this e-book offers the 1st full-length learn of the debatable courting among Harold Wilson and Lyndon B. Johnson. whereas Wilson was once a company supporter of the assumption of a "special courting" among Britain and the USA and desired to use his dealings with the White apartment to bolster his credentials as a global statesman, Johnson held the British chief in low esteem and disdained the belief of a "special" Anglo-American dating. problems stemming from the Vietnam warfare, British monetary weak spot and the UK's abrogation of its international energy prestige exacerbated the stress among Wilson and Johnson, resulting in what was once essentially the most afflicted of all of the relationships among British major ministers and American presidents.

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52 Wilson knew not to disparage the Germans, because Johnson was especially concerned that West Germany must be treated equitably in Atlantic affairs. He made this point in an address at Georgetown University in Washington on 3 December. 54 On 25 November, Richard Neustadt visited London to speak to Wilson about the MLF. The Prime Minister told Neustadt that as he and the President were ‘politicians’, they could deal with one another as such about the project, pragmatically and with due consideration to one another’s needs.

20 On 24 October, Wilson confided his worries on such matters to Johnson, and in doing so he tried to assuage the President’s own concerns for the dollar. Wilson’s ‘first task on assuming office’, he stated, had been ‘to undertake … a thorough review of our present financial and economic situation’. The situation ‘is even worse than we had supposed’, with a ‘probable deficit on external account for this year which may be as high as £800 million’. Wilson was therefore ‘determined to take firm remedial measures’, and had ‘considered and rejected two alternative courses of action’.

41 Ziegler suggests that as well as concerns about American reactions Wilson was reluctant to devalue sterling because of ‘pride in his own reputation, fears as to the effect it might have on the Labour Party, doubts whether it was needed or would be efficacious’. Philip Ziegler, Wilson: The Authorised Biography of Lord Wilson of Rievaulx (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993), pp. 253–4. See also Ben Pimlott, Harold Wilson (London: Harper Collins, 1992), p. 412. 42 LBJL, NSF: Name File, Box 7, Neustadt Memos, ‘Round-up on Trip to England’, 9 August 1965.

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