Selected Originals - Macmillan's Speech… 1957

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    SCU. Macmillan speaking. "You will understand me when I say that it is with a mixture of sorrow and pride that I speak to you as Prime Minister of Britain. Sorrow because my friend and leader has had to lay down his burden because of grievous illness - a man of character and courage. I'm sure there is not one of you who does not join with me tonight in wishing him a safe voyage and a speedy restoration to health. Apart from that it is a proud thing to be given the office of Prime Minister of Britain." CU. "It's true of course that in a material sense population, tonnage of steel, supplies of metals or raw materials this island can not match the vast resources either of the United State or of Soviet Russia. All the same, Britain isn't alone, think of the Commonwealth and all that this means, think of the peoples of Europe, with these countries we already have close ties and I firmly believe that it is our destiny to work more and more closely with them. Then, the total strength and wealth in all these communities, Commonwealth and Europe, is no less than that of the two great giant powers. But of course it isn't just material resources that make a nation great. It is character and leadership, not only in Government but in industry and in the trade unions, in the home, everywhere." BCU (a little out of focus). "There is one more thing to which I must make reference. A lot of people here are worried about our relations with the United States. The life of the free world depends on the partnership between us. Of course, any partners are bound to have their differences now and then. I've always found it so. But true partnership is based upon respect. We don't intend to part from the Americans and we don't intend to be satellites, and I'm sure they don't want us to be so. The stronger we are, the better partners we shall be; and I feel certain that as the months pass we shall draw continually closer together with mutual confidence and respect. As for courage and character, I know the British people have these in full measure. Goodnight."

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