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Clement Richard Attlee followed Churchill as British prime minister in 1945. Although Churchill was then and remained a revered figure the electorate was weary and felt the need for a change in government. Churchill remained an MP after his party's defeat and was again prime minister in 1950. During his time in the opposition, a colleague once remarked on Attlee's many virtues.

"True," agreed Churchill. "He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"He seems determined to make a trumpet sound like a tin whistle."

- Aneurin Bevan (18971960), British Labour politician. Quoted in: Michael Foot, Aneurin Bevan, vol. 1, ch. 14 (1962), referring to Labour politician (later prime minister) Clement Attlee. Attlee, Bevan added, "... Brings to the fierce struggle of politics the tepid enthusiasm of a lazy summer afternoon at a cricket match.