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What if…the oil price hadn’t spiked in 1973?

Ted Heath had only himself to blame for making such a mess of it

General view of a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), at the group's Vienna headquarters in Austria in April 1973. © /AP/Press Association Images

In the late summer of 1973, Britain’s Prime Minister left London on a brief national tour. In the last three tiring, difficult and contentious years, Edward Heath had seemed the helpless victim of events. But as he…

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