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Politicians: a quiz

They filled the newspapers and TV screens in their day, but have you forgotten all about them in the meantime? Here’s a chance to get some of those long neglected brain cells cranked up – with apologies to you youngsters for whom all this is ancient history!

  • Question of

    Who caused uproar in the United Kingdom in 1968 when he talked about “rivers of blood” in the context of immigration policy?

    • Harold Wilson
    • Edward Heath
    • Enoch Powell
    • Norman Tebbitt
  • Question of

    How did President Sadat of Egypt die in 1981?

    • In a plane crash
    • Assassinated while watching a military parade
    • A heart attack
    • After a fall from a balcony
  • Question of

    When Nikita Kruschev banged his shoe on the table during a speech at the United Nations in 1960 given by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, what did the latter reply?

    • What size do you take?
    • What are you going to do with other one?
    • That’s very kind of you, but I don’t think anyone has actually gone to sleep yet.
    • Could I have that translated, please?
  • Question of

    Which communist leader, who died in 1969, once worked as a pastry chef in London?

    • Ho Chi Minh
    • Walter Ulbricht
    • Nicolae Ceausescu
    • Mao Zedong
  • Question of

    Who replaced Ehud Barak as prime minister of Israel in 2001?

    • Shimon Peres
    • Ariel Sharon
    • Benjamin Netanyahu
    • Ehud Olmert
  • Question of

    Who was the Taoiseach of Ireland immediately prior to Bertie Ahern (he held office from 1994 to 1997)?

    • Enda Kenny
    • Charles Haughey
    • Albert Reynolds
    • John Bruton
  • Question of

    Who was the United Kingdom’s first Labour Prime Minister?

    • Ramsay Macdonald
    • Harold Wilson
    • Clement Attlee
    • James Callaghan
  • Question of

    Who was the father of Svetlana Alliluyeva, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1967?

    • Leonid Brezhnev
    • Joseph Stalin
    • Boris Yeltsin
    • Michael Gorbachev
  • Question of

    Who was British Prime Minister during the Suez crisis in 1956?

    • Harold Macmillan
    • Anthony Eden
    • Clement Attlee
    • Alec Douglas-Home
  • Question of

    Who became President of France after the resignation of Charles de Gaulle in 1969?

    • Jacques Chirac
    • Francois Mitterand
    • Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
    • Georges Pompidou

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    • When I was researching these questions there were only three that would have tripped me up if I had been answering rather than asking them – so I will only admit to “quite tough”, as opposed to “very”!

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