Meaning of “You Have Never had it so Good” Origin of Phrase with examples.

You Have Never had it so Good


A quotation by Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister.


In 1957, Harold Macmillan, made a speech in Bedford, UK, to his fellow Conservatives in which he gave the opinion that “Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good”. In the speech he celebrated the success of Britain’s post-war economy while at the same time urging wage restraint and warning against inflation. He was mimicking the line of the US Democratic Party which used ‘You never had it so good’ as a slogan in the 1952 US election campaign.

The line remains one of the few things that many British people now remember of Macmillan.

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