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Can you name the United Kingdom Prime Ministers given their voices?
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Enter the prime minister whose voice appear in the clips below.
Presidents by Voice
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Sep 11th, 2011 at 23:17 GMT
I'd like to give credit to JayZed, who suggested the idea for this quiz on my counterpart game, Presidents by Voice. As this game is written by a yankee, I may have accidentally forgotten an alternate name, but I tried to accept as many reasonable answers as possible. Have fun!
Sep 12th, 2011 at 04:25 GMT
I can't believe you left out Gladstone and Disraeli. Shame, shame! (Sorry, those are pretty much the only pre-Thatcher PMs I can name besides Churchill.)
Sep 12th, 2011 at 15:53 GMT
Really hard, but great job. Definitely 5 globes. :)
Sep 13th, 2011 at 17:24 GMT
Really easy, but great job. Definitely 5 globes. :P
Sep 13th, 2011 at 22:32 GMT
@dolebanana - thanks, I'd forgotten that I'd suggested this and was very pleased to see it. Five orbs, of course!
Sep 15th, 2011 at 18:53 GMT
5 Globes for this great quiz, it is clever and I am proud to have played it.
Sep 17th, 2011 at 08:18 GMT
Good quiz. The only PM's I can think of between Lloyd George and Chamberlain, besides J. Ramsay MacDonald, are Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923; PM 1922-23) and Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947; PM 1923-24, 1924-29 & 1935-37). There should be a passable clip of the latter (who served before and after MacDonald) floating around the BBC web archives or the BBC for schools site; my father's generation recalled a plain reassuring voice talking about the General Strike of 1926 and the Abdication. However, Bonar Law's voice is probably only on a gramophone record or two, since he died before talking pictures or a full-blown wireless network. The same is probably true of Lloyd George's predecessor, Herbert Henry Asquith (1852-1928, PM 1910-16).
Sep 17th, 2011 at 09:18 GMT
There are snippets of both Baldwin's and (remarkably) Asquith's voices (which should be distinguished carefully from reenactors reading the speeches that weren't recorded or preserved) at this BBC 4 web site, a series of 15-minute profiles of the Prime Ministers by the BBC's political correspondent, Nick Robinson: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01083zj/episodes/player . (Unlike many such programmes, this one
available for listening in the U.S.)
Before there was any kind of radio network, or much wireless telephony at all, Asquith fought for his People's Budget of 1909 by making a gramophone record which was sent around the country with presenters and loudspeakers, and the BBC profile has a couple of snippets from that. Of course that's far from saying that his voice was a familiar sound (like Churchill's or FDR's) to those who'd never heard him speak in person. There are more snippets in the profile of Stanley Baldwin, although unfortunately his speeches on the General Strike of 1926 weren't preserved and have to be reenacted (and, since Parliament didn't allow recording or broadcasting of its proceedings at the time, a reenactor also reads his "appalling frankness" speech to the House of Commons about rearmament after the East Fulham bye-election). However there are a couple of good clips from his radio talk(s?) about "The English Character".
Sep 17th, 2011 at 21:03 GMT
I was rubbish at this quiz, but it's still a fantastic idea. 5 Globes without a doubt
Sep 17th, 2011 at 22:13 GMT
there is even a supposed recording of Gladstone talking, somewhere on youtube. It is pretty much inaudible but is also the first recording of a Prime Minister that is available to my knowledge. Could be a nice addition, along with a few more pre-WW2 PM's just because right now the quiz is just every PM from world war 2 onwards, plus Macdonald and Lloyd George.
Oct 3rd, 2011 at 13:26 GMT
That Churchill speech still gets to me everytime. Great quiz.
Oct 26th, 2011 at 02:53 GMT
I was really hoping for a voice clip of Lord North...
Jun 5th, 2012 at 14:11 GMT
Anyone else trying to recall episodes of The Mike Yarwood Show for this?
Feb 4th, 2013 at 18:46 GMT
And all this time I thought Churchill was the one saying 'this country is at war with Germany'. Doh! Still, I guessed half of them. You can tell the pre-Churchill ones cos the sound quality's not great and there's a lot of interference. Great quiz, absolutely love it. 5/5 :)
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