The new Prime Minister had never been short of confidence about his own abilities.
On the day of his ascension to the highest office in the land, he wrote “I felt as though I were walking with destiny and that all my past life had been a preparation for this hour and for this trial”.
But despite this self-belief, he was oddly mercurial. Having just been sworn into office at Buckingham Palace, he turned to his bodyguard somewhat tearfully, and said “I hope that it is not too late. I am very much afraid that it is. We can only do our best.”
Meanwhile, his enemies – and they were not few in number – were scathing in their condemnation of his elevation.
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