(born 30 August 1917) is a British
, who served as Secretary of State for Defence
from 1964 to 1970 and Chancellor of the Exchequer
from 1974 to 1979.
Healey was born in Mottingham
, but moved with his family to Keighley
in the West Riding of Yorkshire
when he was five. His middle name is in honour of Winston Churchill
Healey was one of three siblings. His father was an engineer
who worked his way up from humble origins studying at night school
I think the Services can be rightly very upset at the continuous series of defence reviews which the Government has been forced by economic circumstances—and maybe economic mistakes too—to carry out... : On BBC Television's Panorama programme (22 January, 1968).
Once we cut defence expenditure to the extent where our security is imperilled, we have no houses, we have no hospitals, we have no schools. We have a heap of cinders. : Speech in the House of Commons (Hansard, 5 March, 1969, Col. 551).
We are all agreed on a massive extension of public ownership. : Speech in York (2 June, 1973).
We shall increase income tax on the better off so that we can help the hundreds of thousands of families now tangled helplessly in the poverty trap by raising the tax threshold and introducing reduced rates of tax for those at the bottom of the ladder. I warn you, there are going to be howls of anguish from the rich. But before you cheer too loudly let me warn you that a lot of you will pay extra taxes too. : Speech to the Labour Party Conference at Blackpool (1 October, 1973).
It has never been my nature, I regret to admit to the House, to turn the other cheek. : Speech in the House of Commons (Hansard, 18 December, 1974, Col. 1620).
No country would suffer more than Britain from an international trade war, since we depend more on world trade than any of our competitors. That is why we cannot accept the proposal made in some quarters that we should seek to solve our problems through imposing import controls for a long period over a whole range of manufactured consumer goods. : Speech in the House of Commons (Hansard, 17 December, 1975, Col. 1409).
They must be out of their tiny Chinese minds. : Attacking left-wing critics of spending cuts, implying they were Maoist (The Daily Telegraph, 24 February, 1976).
By the end of next year, we really shall be on our way to that so-called economic miracle we need. :In an Ministerial broadcast on the Budget (6 April, 1976).
If we can keep our heads—and our nerve—the long-awaited economic miracle is in our grasp. Britain can achieve in the Seventies what Germany and France achieved in the Fifties and Sixties. :The Sunday Telegraph (4 July, 1976).
The alternative to getting help from the IMF would be economic policies so savage I think they would produce riots in the streets, an immediate fall in living standards and unemployment of three million. : On ITN's News at Ten (29 September, 1976).