Monday, July 18, 2005

RIP: Sir Edward Heath

Sir Edward Heath, who died yesterday aged 89, had a distinguised record during World War II, when, as adjutant of the 107th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, he helped keep the bridge at Nijmegen open against a fierce German onslaught; after the war, despite becoming Prime Minister of Britain and performing at high levels as a sailor and conductor, he was afflicted by an excessive desire to compromise and trim his policies - partly responsible for Britain's terrible decline during the 1970's - until he was replaced as leader of the Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher, whom he hated and attempted to undermine, greatly to his discredit, and whose successes blighted his twilight years in his exquisite mansion in Salisbury Close.

Link to the Telegraph's obituary: Telegraph News Sir Edward Heath

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