William Pitt the Younger became Prime Minister at the age of 24 and died, on January 23, 1806, at the age of 46, exhausted by work and, let us not mince our words, the amount of port he put away every day of his life. How much more might he have achieved if not for the interminable French wars.

One of my favourite films is Carol Reed's The Young Mr Pitt, a very fine propaganda film made in 1942 with the great Robert Donat playing both the Elder and the Younger Pitt. Here is a scene between him and Talleyrand, played by Albert Lieven.

1 Responses to One of the great Tory Prime Ministers

  1. As you have chosen — rightly, I would agree — to categorise Pitt the Younger as a ‘tory’, perhaps a few words on those who argue Pitt’s ‘whig’ character?

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