Political job description, 1966

Thankfully, some things have changed since 1966 as you can see from this job description for an executive assistant from 1966 (party unknown). Click on thumbnail to see full size version:

Political job description, 1966

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  • Actually 1966 was Wilson’s second government – the ‘white heat’ was a speech in 1963 or 1964 and there wasn’t so much of that around by 1966. The tone of the advert is too New Labour for it to have been the Labour Party of 1966 which, with the exception of people like Frank Judd, Dick Taverne and Ben Whitaker, was still dominated by the deeply conservative trades union movement – less swinging 60s than depressing 30s. Mind you, the Conservative Party was pretty stuck in the past too (statement of the obvious really). My guess would be Reginald Maudling.

  • Yes, Wilson secured a majority of 97 at the 1966 general election. If it was a Liberal Party advert it would have to be Jeremy Thorpe or Peter Bessell – the bit about ‘lines of communication and control and security risks’ is very peculiar – almost smacks of George Wigg, but I can’t see him being concerned about the image of his constituency. Given what we subsequently learned about Thorpe and Bessell either of them were odd enough to have written that line.

  • Richard Huzzey 28th Dec '08 - 1:15pm

    Isn’t the “association” part a clue? Tory local parties certainly call themselves such to this day; did Labour and Liberal local parties in the mid-60s?

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