The BBC is a leftist organization. It named Oswald Mosley the worst Briton of the 20th century. Mosley was a bad guy and a friend of Mussolini, but did he have the same negative effect as, God forbid, Neville Chamberlin?
He could have been, if he had the chance.
To say nothing of Benny Hill. OK, most annoying Briton of the 20th Century.
Well for a start, the BBC didn't select these people- a panel of historians did. As for Mosley- Well, he was a pretty nasty piece of work. I'm not sure even he deserves the title though as he never had that much impact on British politics once he left Labour in 1930... I can't say I find Chamberlain a credible candidate either- being out of ones depth and deluded on a single issue isn't enough in my opinion. What's needed is a figure who was persistantly wrong on a whole range of issues over a long period of time, always on hand to bugger things up at the slightest opportunity.
I'd go for somebody like Edward VIII myself- he managed to spark a consitutional crisis through being a selfish idiot, and was altogether a little too cosy for comfort with Hitler aftwerwards. Or, one of the trade union leaders of the 70's- Jakc Jones, "Red Robbo" or similar. The amount of damage any of those three did to Britain was far greater then Mosley, who although a bete noire was never a threat.
As a side note, it's nice to see Dr Adamson in there- he's a tutor of mine and bloody good on early modern history.
<< Mosley was a bad guy and a friend of Mussolini, but did he have the same negative effect as, God forbid, Neville Chamberlin? >>
Mosley was far from the worst 20th Century Briton but Arthur Neville Chamberlain was not at all a bad man.
Rather, Mr Chamberlain's sin was that he so faithfully represented his electorate.
The electorate, that is, comprised as it was then and is now of the morbidly-in-denial heads-up-the-bum morons and of effeminate, emasculated and homosexualized milksop appeasers. And their riding-crop cracking, be-jodhpured mothers.