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发表于 2016-7-9 23:22:46 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  Heseltine walks out of the Cabinet over Westland
          1986: Heseltine quits over Westland
          England have
          The Defence Secretary, Michael Heseltine, has resigned from his Cabinet job
in a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland affair.
          Mr Heseltine stormed out of a meeting a Number 10 today saying his views on
the future of the Westland helicopter company were being ignored.
          He said the final straw came when Mrs Thatcher insisted all his public
comments on Westland would have to be vetted by officials before being
released.
          In a statement to reporters later this afternoon, Mr Heseltine said: "If
the basis of trust between the Prime Minister and her Defence Secretary no
longer exists, there is no place for me with honour in such a Cabinet."
          The row over the company's future has split the Cabinet.
          Mr Heseltine was alone among ministers backing a European consortium's
rescue package - while Mrs Thatcher favoured the deal being proposed by the
American Sikorski Fiat group.
          Mr Heseltine - with the backing of the Defence committee - claimed the
European deal, which was initially worth more financially, could form the basis
of a strong arms industry to rival the Americans.
          Critics claimed the orders were based on aircraft still in the design
stage.
          Westland's directors are urging shareholders to back the Sikorski
package.
          The American group has now offered to match the European offer.
          Its orders are also seen as more secure, because they are linked to
aircraft already in production.
          Mrs Thatcher has appointed George Younger to replace Mr Heseltine as
Defence Secretary. Malcolm Rifkind will take over the vacant role of Secretary
of State for Scotland.
          Mr Heseltine's sensational departure from his Cabinet role is bound to fuel
rumours that he is aiming for the top job, as Conservative party leader.
          Sir Anthony Eden was forced to resign because of ill health
          1957: Sir Anthony Eden resigns
          Artificially 1969:
          The Sir Anthony Eden has resigned as prime minister of Britain due to ill
health.
          A statement issued by Buckingham Palace at 1900 GMT today said that
following a private audience with the Queen, Her Majesty had accepted the prime
minister's resignation.
          Sir Anthony issued his own statement this evening: "When I returned to this
country a month ago I hoped that my health had been sufficiently restored to
enable me to carry out my duties effectively for some considerable time. That
hope has not been realised.
          "I do not feel that it is right for me to continue in office as the Queen's
First Minister knowing that I shall be unable to do my full duty by my Sovereign
and the country."
          Sir Anthony underwent a series of operations to correct a gall bladder
condition in 1953.
          But in recent months the abdominal symptoms have recurred and he has now
been advised by his doctors to take rest.
          The Queen will decide who will become the next prime minister and leader of
the Conservatives.
          It is thought the job will be given either to Harold Macmillan, current
Chancellor of the Exchequer or to Rab Butler, leader of the House of
Commons.
          Sir Anthony was prime minister for one year and 279 days.
          Although a popular leader when he was elected, many believe his
controversial decision to use armed intervention in the Suez crisis last year
was the beginning of his demise as prime minister.
          Vocabulary:
          crevasse : a deep fissure(裂缝)
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