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John Major

Data di nascita: 29. Marzo 1943


Sir John Roy Major è un politico britannico.

Membro del Partito Conservatore, è stato Primo ministro del Regno Unito dal 28 novembre 1990 al 2 maggio 1997. È stato inoltre ministro nei precedenti governi conservatori guidati da Margaret Thatcher nel ruolo di Segretario Capo del Tesoro, Segretario di Stato per gli Affari Esteri e del Commonwealth e Cancelliere dello Scacchiere.

Quando la Thatcher comprese che la sua eventuale rielezione alla guida dei tories avrebbe provocato una grave lacerazione nel partito, decise di proporre Major per la leadership. Il 22 novembre 1990 la Thatcher si dimise da entrambi gli incarichi e Major le subentrò dopo aver vinto le elezioni per la guida del Partito Conservatore, sbaragliando Michael Heseltine, che aveva dato filo da torcere alla Lady di ferro.

Major vinse con ampio margine le elezioni generali del 1992 e mantenne la carica di Primo ministro per cinque anni. Alle elezioni generali del 1997 fu battuto da Tony Blair.

Dopo le elezioni generali del 2001 si ritirò dalla Camera dei Comuni, rivestendo il ruolo di capo della divisione europea del gruppo di Private Equity Carlyle fino al 2004.

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„Fifty years on from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers and, as George Orwell said, 'Old maids bicycling to holy communion through the morning mist' and, if we get our way, Shakespeare will still be read even in school.“

— John Major
David Butler and Gareth Butler, "Twentieth Century British Political Facts", p. 296 Speech to the Conservative Group for Europe, 22 April 1993. [] The reference to George Orwell is to his 1941 essay "The Lion and the Unicorn".


„It is time to return to those core values, time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on other people and the state.“

— John Major
Nicholas Wood, Jill Sherman, Sheila Gunn, "Major gives seal of approval to Tories' right-wing agenda", The Times, 9 October 1993 Conservative Party conference speech, 8 October 1993. The phrase was associated with personal morality and backfired when a succession of senior Conservatives fell to scandals that winter.

„Summers simply won't be the same without him.“

— John Major
Frank Keating, "Tributes flow as Johnners, voice of English cricket, dies at 81", The Guardian, 6 January 1994. Tribute on the death of cricket commentator Brian Johnston.

„George Foulkes: Will the Prime Minister tell us what word he would legitimately use to describe those Cabinet Ministers who, while professing loyalty to him, are setting up telephone lines in campaign offices for the second round of the election?
John Major: I have no knowledge of that. I can say that the speed at which these matters can be done is a tribute to privatisation.“

— John Major
[ Prime Minister's Questions], 29 June, 1995. It was rumoured that Cabinet member Michael Portillo had installed telephone lines in the event of his standing in the Conservative leadership election.

„We will do precisely what the British nation has done all through its history when it had its back to the wall — turn round and fight for the things it believes in, and that is what I shall do.“

— John Major
Michael White, Patrick Wintour, "Hanley set to carry the can as defiant Major vows to fight on", The Guardian, 6 May 1995. Public statement following poor showing in local elections, 5 May 1995. Major's mixed metaphor (if your back is to the wall and you turn round, you are then facing the wall) was remarked upon.

„... so unpopular, if he became a funeral director people would stop dying“

— John Major
Tony Banks, [ "The wit and wisdom of Tony Banks"], BBC News, 8 January 2006


„I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.“

— John Major
Nicholas Wood and Michael Prescott, "Major threatens general election if he fails to win Maastricht vote", Sunday Times, 25 October 1992.

„Something I was not aware had happened suddenly turned out not to have happened.“

— John Major
Joe Joseph, "Elementary lessons in logic for enquiry's bemused counsel", The Times, 18 January 1994. Evidence to the Scott Inquiry, 17 January 1994. Major was speaking of his time as Foreign Secretary in 1989 when the guidelines for arms exports to Iraq had been relaxed, although he had not been told. At one point, when the decision to relax the guidelines was criticised, it was decided to defend the Government by claiming that the guidelines were changed only in wording and unchanged in effect.

„If the answer is more politicians, you are asking the wrong question.“

— John Major
Attributed to Major by Vernon Bogdanor, "[ Why the Lords doesn't need more politicians]", Sunday Telegraph, 11 February 2007


„A soundbite never buttered any parsnips.“

— John Major
Contemporary version of English proverb "fine words butter no parsnips". Attributed to Major in The Guardian, 31 January 1998, p. 13m, and on Have I Got News For You, 1 May 1997

„The man who ran away from the circus to become an accountant“

— John Major
Linda Smith, [,,1745490,00.html 'I see myself as Russia's true believer'], The Guardian, 3 April 2006

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