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Prime Ministers of the UK

How many people can you name who have served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
Since the 1707 Acts of Union
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Last updated: October 26, 2022
First submittedAugust 17, 2011
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Term
Party
Prime Minister
2022–
Conservative
Rishi Sunak
2022
Conservative
Liz Truss
2019–2022
Conservative
Boris Johnson
2016–2019
Conservative
Theresa May
2010–2016
Conservative
David Cameron
2007–2010
Labour
Gordon Brown
1997–2007
Labour
Tony Blair
1990–1997
Conservative
John Major
1979–1990
Conservative
Margaret Thatcher
1976–1979
Labour
James Callaghan
1974–1976
Labour
Harold Wilson
1970–1974
Conservative
Edward Heath
1964–1970
Labour
Harold Wilson
1963–1964
Conservative
Alec Douglas-Home
1957–1963
Conservative
Harold Macmillan
1955–1957
Conservative
Anthony Eden
1951–1955
Conservative
Winston Churchill
1945–1951
Labour
Clement Attlee
1940–1945
Conservative
Winston Churchill
1937–1940
Conservative
Neville Chamberlain
1935–1937
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1929–1935
Labour /
National Labour
Ramsay MacDonald
1924–1929
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1924
Labour
Ramsay MacDonald
1923–1924
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1922–1923
Conservative
Andrew Bonar Law
1916–1922
Liberal
David Lloyd George
1908–1916
Liberal
Herbert Asquith
1905–1908
Liberal
Henry Campbell-
Bannerman
1902–1905
Conservative
Arthur Balfour
1895–1902
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1894–1895
Liberal
Earl of Rosebery
1892–1894
Liberal
William Gladstone
1886–1892
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1886
Liberal
William Gladstone
1885–1886
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1880–1885
Liberal
William Gladstone
1874–1880
Conservative
Benjamin Disraeli
1868–1874
Liberal
William Gladstone
1868
Conservative
Benjamin Disraeli
Term
Party
Prime Minister
1866–1868
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1865–1866
Liberal
Lord John Russell
1859–1865
Liberal
Lord Palmerston
1858–1859
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1855–1858
Whig
Lord Palmerston
1852–1855
Peelite
Earl of Aberdeen
1852
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1846–1852
Whig
Lord John Russell
1841–1846
Conservative
Robert Peel
1835–1841
Whig
Lord Melbourne
1834–1835
Conservative
Robert Peel
1834
Tory
Duke of Wellington
1834
Whig
Lord Melbourne
1830–1834
Whig
Earl Grey
1828–1830
Tory
Duke of Wellington
1827–1828
Tory
Viscount Goderich
1827
Tory
George Canning
1812–1827
Tory
Lord Liverpool
1809–1812
Tory
Spencer Perceval
1807–1809
Tory
Duke of Portland
1806–1807
Whig
Lord Grenville
1804–1806
Tory
William Pitt the Younger
1801–1804
Tory
Henry Addington
1783–1801
Tory
William Pitt the Younger
1783
Whig
Duke of Portland
1782–1783
Whig
Earl of Shelburne
1782
Whig
Marquess of Rockingham
1770–1782
Tory
Lord Frederick North
1768–1770
Whig
Duke of Grafton
1766–1768
Whig
William Pitt the Elder
1765–1766
Whig
Marquess of Rockingham
1763–1765
Whig
George Grenville
1762–1763
Tory
Earl of Bute
1757–1762
Whig
Duke of Newcastle
1756–1757
Whig
Duke of Devonshire
1754–1756
Whig
Duke of Newcastle
1743–1754
Whig
Henry Pelham
1742–1743
Whig
Earl of Wilmington
1721–1742
Whig
Sir Robert Walpole
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Level 69
May 5, 2014
I got Pitt the Elder and Lord Palmerston thanks to The Simpsons.
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Level 78
Mar 3, 2015
Lord Palmerston!!
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Level 37
May 12, 2015
E P ELDER!!!!
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Level 67
Jul 12, 2016
Me too.
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Level 76
Feb 13, 2017
I made a quiz specifically about that episode - check it out: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/102112/simpsons-mlb-softball-ringers
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Level 38
Nov 26, 2021
LOL SAME
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Level 83
Oct 26, 2022
Don't forget Pitt the EVEN YOUNGER!
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
Who's next - Pitt the Toddler? Pitt the Embryo? Pitt the Glint in the Milkman's Eye?
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Level 46
Nov 6, 2022
Yes he was great in Legends of the Fall
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Level 57
May 6, 2014
Churchill - facepalm!
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Level 80
May 9, 2014
I got Bonar Law from my Canadian mother who would occasionally tell me that as he was born in New Brunswick, he was the only prime minister not born in the UK. I thought he was important until I noticed that no Brits ever seemed to have heard of him. I can't believe I forgot Spencer Perceval, as I was curious about the only assassinated prime minister.
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Level 84
Nov 16, 2014
I don't think we have any Bonar Laws in the US, though after the Anthony Weiner scandal some have suggested we might need some.
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Level 56
May 16, 2015
brrrm-tish!
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Level 35
Mar 27, 2018
Now THAT is funny.
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Level 66
Jun 12, 2019
Boris Johnson or Rory Stewart may become the second.
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
Yup, BoJo was born in New York.
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Level 84
May 27, 2014
Strong supporter of the Peelite party here, because if you're going to drink piss anyway then you might as well avoid the high-calorie stuff.
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
Yeah, but all that aspartame is really not all that good for you either.
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Level 50
Aug 5, 2014
All with 2:38 left, and I am an American. So there.
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2014
Why are saying most Americans only know 3? How do you know that's true? I knew 15. And I imagine most people from ANY non-UK country would only know a few.
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Level 84
May 12, 2015
Maybe to entice you to take the quiz and prove him wrong? Since 94+% of test takers got Churchill, Blair, Cameron and Thatcher.. and 87% got Brown.. I'd wager most Americans know at least 4. Or at least most Americans taking this quiz do. Average score is 21.
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Level ∞
May 12, 2015
JetPunkers are not average Americans. Three is probably generous.
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Level 84
May 12, 2015
Maybe. I think given enough time to think about it most could come up with at least 3. Churchill, Chamberlain, Thatcher and Blair are all pretty famous in America.
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Level 46
Nov 6, 2022
I forgot Liz Truss already lol
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Level 51
Sep 4, 2014
American and I got 24!
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Level 87
Jul 27, 2019
Traitor.
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Level 47
Oct 8, 2014
43. Not bad for an American. Am I right?
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Level 10
Mar 28, 2015
51/53- English men who forget the obvious answers i.e. Macmillan and home. Darn
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2015
The only reason I knew Wilson and Heath is from the Beatles' song "Taxman".
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Level 37
May 12, 2015
uh uhhhhhh Mr. Willllson....
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Level 79
May 12, 2015
Ended up with 10 but upon review I probably should gotten...um...10
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Level 37
May 12, 2015
23/53 (American)
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Level 61
May 12, 2015
Is it just coincidence, or are prime ministers not allowed to serve 2 consecutive terms? I noticed that multiple prime ministers on the list serving more than once are never consecutive. Thanks
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Level 61
May 12, 2015
Perhaps it is the same as with president Grover Cleveland.
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Level 84
May 12, 2015
I believe this is wrong. My understanding may be imperfect, but from what I know the Prime Minister is not directly elected. They are simple the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Commons. People vote for representatives in the House of Commons like Americans elect Congressmen. The non-consecutive terms you see are not the result of term limits but rather the natural outcome of swings in power between competing parties. For a more analagous comparison look at the history of the president pro tempore of the Senate. It was Robert Byrd in the 101st-103rd Congresses. Then Republicans gained a majority and it became Strom Thurmond. Democrats took over again in the 107th and it was once again Byrd, and then Thurmond, and then Byrd, and then Ted Stevens, and then Byrd again who finally died.
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Level 52
May 15, 2015
In Australia, Federal parliament has 150 seats, and the country is split into 150 electorates. In each electorate, 1 candidate (usually Labor or Coalition) gets elected, filling the 150 seats. Whichever party out of Labor or the Coalition gets the most candidates elected wins, and their leader becomes Prime Minister. I assume that the system in the UK works the same. In the US, does everyone just vote for who they want to be President, and then you have separate elections for the other federal politicians?
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Level 84
May 18, 2015
Yes Steve, that's (almost correct). The US holds federal elections every 2 years. Presidents are elected every 4. American citizens vote directly for who they want to be president and vice president (they come as a package deal since 1864. Prior to this the president and VP were elected separately, and before 1804 the VP was simply the runner-up in the presidential election); after they vote, then the president is selected by the electoral college, which contains electors from each state. These electors tend to vote the same way as the voters from their state vote, but it's a bit of an overcomplicated system and you can end up wit cases where a presidential candidate wins in the electoral college even when they lost the popular vote (as was the case with George Bush in 2000). Senators and Representatives in the House are elected by their constituents directly by popular vote. They have nothing to do with who occupies the White House, though (some) are elected at the same time.
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Level 84
Jun 1, 2019
update: Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, but still won the presidency due to the very out-dated electoral college system, saddling the US with its worst president in history. This thing is very overdue to be repealed.
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Level 50
Apr 7, 2020
@Kalbamut, yes that is how the system works, and explains why you see the non-consecutive terms. I would add that in more recent years, a party leader who fails to win re-election usually resigns, and are replaced by someone else which is why you see this less often recently.
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Level 56
May 16, 2015
No, several have served multiple consecutive terms. Thatcher served 11 years, Blair served 10 years, Lord Liverpool (1812-27) served 15 years, Pitt the Younger for 17. They continued as Prime Minister through three or more election victories. There are no term limits, becaue the Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most seats, so how long he or she serves (subject to the will of the electorate) is up to them or their political party. Non-consecutive terms are much more common in British politics than American. In the recent election, three losing party leaders resigned. This practice is only a recent development, and throughout history party leaders who lost an election often held on to their leadership posts and won next time, causing a plethora of non-consecutive terms (such as Wilson winning in '74 after losing in '70, and Gladstone repeatedly alternating with Disraeli and Salisbury from the 1860s through to the 90s).
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Level 68
Oct 28, 2016
That is a very succinct and clear explanation Larry.
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Level 56
May 18, 2015
@Hollandprojects ... and, to explain more clearly, this list doesn't show the consecutive terms separately. Neither does the quiz of US Presidents.
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Level 61
Apr 4, 2016
Thanks for the replies!
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2018
I posted a comment here but it was deleted, maybe because the comment I was responding to was deleted. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party that has most seats in the House of Commons. The entirety of the House of Commons is elected in a general election with one MP (Member of Parliament) representing each constituency (an area that is occasionally redefined, and should have a population roughly equal to other constituencies - currently the average is about 100 000). If the same party wins many consecutive elections and it doesn't replace its leader the PM can serve as long as they want. General Elections are every five years by default but if 2/3 of the House of Commons vote for an early General Election then there will be one, as happened last year when Theresa May decided she wanted a bigger majority and called an early election. Labour agreed to it and the parliament ended after two years of power. In the next election Labour gained 30 seats and there was a hung parliament
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
This is usually true, although there can be an exception. If the second and third largest parties in a ‘hung’ parliament (one where no party has a clear majority), can form a coalition, or a confidence and supply arrangement, then the PM may be appointed from either of those two parties.

There was a possibility of this happening in 2010, when the Conservatives had the most seats, but Labour and the Liberal Democrats could have formed a larger coalition. There was also the possibility of the monarch’s power being brought into play. If, for example, the Lib Dems had said that they would enter a coalition with Labour, but not with Gordon Brown as PM, the monarch could have asked someone other than the leader of the Labour Party to form a government (I.e. another senior Labour politician). In the end, Nick Clegg did a deal with the devil and formed a coalition with David Cameron. His party were then wiped out at the next elections and now he is busy working for the devil at Facebook

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Level 44
May 12, 2015
Lloyd George knew my father. Father knew Lloyd George.

Lloyd George knew my father. Father knew Lloyd George.....

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Level 56
Sep 13, 2017
My father knew Lloyd George's grandson.
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Level 17
May 13, 2015
i got 3
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Level 64
May 14, 2015
I got 4 and I am an American child.
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Level 65
May 14, 2015
I just randomly typed in William Smith
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
He couldn’t be PM because he’s a fresh ‘prince’, if anything he’d be a member of the House of Lords. Incidentally, the ‘Fresh Prince’ is the official title of Prince George, at least until the Prince and Princess of Wales drop another sprog.
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Level 35
Dec 5, 2015
Got 5/53 and I'm American
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Level 16
Jan 20, 2016
I'm American I only got Churchill
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2016
23/53 and I'm British. Got every one from Asquith to present day, all later than that were complete guesses I suppose. Don't really see the need to know them, happy with the ones I did get.
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Level 46
Apr 4, 2016
4/53 - Super fine!
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
I got 4 but I think I could not even come up with 4 from my own country, my memory sucks and politics isnt my thing at all (nor history)
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Level 63
Jun 24, 2016
David Cameron has resigned, Prepare to update it once he actually leaves office and his replacement is announced
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2016
Theresa May - like Ming the Merciless in shoulder pads.
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Level 70
Jul 24, 2019
Ming had a personality. Not a very ncie one, but a personality. TM was just a vacant shell.
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Level 63
Jul 12, 2016
Theresa May is the PM? When did she get announced?
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Level 47
Jul 12, 2016
Not yet. She's becoming PM tomorrow
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Level 25
Jul 12, 2016
What...?!?!?

I need to move to Canda, who wants to join me?

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Level 87
Jul 14, 2016
Where is this Canda you speak of? Is it like Candy Land?
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Level 65
Jul 12, 2016
americans only know 3 because they only care about their own country
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Level 51
Jul 12, 2016
So I guess some people in America don't have the knowledge of foreign leaders like u do. But does that mean we don't care about other countries?
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Level 67
Jul 12, 2016
Joejoe needs a hug. Making comments about the supposed ignorance of Americans only makes you yourself look ignorant. I cannot for the life of me understand why none of you America-bashers ever sense the irony in your "Americans are bad because think they are so much better than everyone else. How dare they? Now here's why we're so much better than Americans..." rants. It would be amusing if it weren't so sad.
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Level 84
Jul 12, 2016
Americans only know 3 because they are humans much like any other, and they care about things that are relevant to their own lives. Brits can name more than 3 US presidents because US presidents are more relevant internationally. But how many kings of Nepal can you name?

So extremely bored of this cliche that Americans are more ignorant of the world than anyone else. It's just so laughably demonstrably false. I've been traveling through Europe and the Near East for nearly 2 years now. I get asked all the time where I drove my car from and when I say "Bahrain," I think... of the hundreds of Europeans who asked me that question, maybe ONE has known that Bahrain was a country or where it was located. When I tell *Europeans* that I am in Thessaloniki, or Odessa, or Minsk, or Vilnius, or Riga, I can't believe it but the most common response is "where?" You don't even know you're own continent! Americans don't know where Vilnius is, either, but they know Las Vegas! (same population)

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Level 55
May 20, 2017
True
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2018
But a lot can't name one Canadian province or Mexican state.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
Las vegas isnt a very good comparison. Everybody in the world has probably heard of it
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Level 84
Jun 1, 2019
I can't help it that American cities are more famous than yours. There's no good reason for you to not have heard of Thessaloniki, Odessa, or St Petersburg. Meanwhile Minsk, Vilnius, and Riga are all national capitals and I've lost count of how many times I've read some indignant European complaining that every micronation of Europe is important to know because they are sovereign nations, unlike US states. But if this were true then it is disproven by their own ignorance of said sovereign nations as like I mentioned whenever I was in some major city in Eastern Europe at least half the Europeans I spoke to in other countries didn't know where I was.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
someone: if you ask any American where Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, or Vancouver is I bet 95% would at least be able to tell you Canada. A similar proportion would know that Mexico City, Juarez, or Tijuana were in Mexico. I had people in neighboring countries in Eastern Europe not know where I was when I was in some of those cities I listed.
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Level 70
Nov 4, 2022
I literally know where every single one of those cities is, I also know that Bahrain is an island country connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Faad Causeway (although not sure of the spelling for ‘Faad’).. I could also name a few kings of Nepal if it came to it. Maybe both sides could knock off the generalisations. America and Europe are United insofar as they both contain plenty of smart people, as well as some pretty dumb people.
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Level 84
Nov 7, 2022
richie: good for you. One individual doesn't negate the validity of a generalization, though. It can, however, negate an absolute statement.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2016
Yeah, including Theresa May is somewhat premature. But c'est la vie.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2016
36, not bad for a "simple Southern farmer". OK, I have a degree in history. Also, Downton Abbey helped. A few names tripped me up- I typed gallstone several times before correcting to Gladstone.
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Level 74
Sep 26, 2020
I think that it was Sir Anthony Eden who had gallstones. Isn't that why he made such a mess of the Suez crisis?
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Level 25
Jul 12, 2016
Who's this Theresa May?!
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Level 63
Jul 12, 2016
Former Home Secretary and now the leader of the Conservative party, which means she's PM
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Level 81
Sep 5, 2016
The one who just sat there whilst everyone else dropped out of the leadership race, thus becoming our current unelected PM.
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Level 43
Jul 12, 2016
Americans know three? I knew 1! (They don't teach anything about British prime ministers in history class...)
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Level 43
Jul 12, 2016
That's a really bad excuse in my opinion. Just because they don't teach you about certain things in school (say British prime ministers or politics in other countries) doesn't mean that you can't read and educate yourself about it! I'm from Sweden and they didn´t teach us all about the British prime ministers either, but a new quite a few from reading history, news and books about the world. You should do the same!
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Level 75
Jul 12, 2016
It would be interesting to see quiz stats based on quizzers' countries. Maybe add "home country" when registering as a user, or maybe the system could work that out anyway?
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Level 59
Jul 12, 2016
That is a good idea! You should tell Quizmaster!😀
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Level 43
Jul 12, 2016
I think if you added a 'home country' box people would type random countries for the fun of it.
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Level 84
Jul 13, 2016
It's all for fun, anyway, Matthew. Not a bad idea.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
That's not true. Maybe they didn't in your history classes, or maybe you just weren't paying attention, but I know for a fact when I was in school we at least learned the names of Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, and Margaret Thatcher. I also distinctly remember Pitt the Elder/Younger coming up, as well as the Duke of Wellington, and I think maybe Disraeli. I recall learning about the Balfour Declaration so we probably read his name, too.
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Level 67
Jul 24, 2019
Did you learn in school that the Duke of Wellington was prime minister? I definitely remember learning in some detail about his victory at Waterloo, but I don't recall learning he was prime minister. I was surprised to see him on this list only because it seems like something my teachers should have mentioned when discussing him, even if the focus was on his military exploits.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
can't remember. But we definitely learned about him.
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Level 33
Jul 12, 2016
OH MY GOSH!!!!!! 100%!!!!! I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!

Looked at wikipedia throught though, LOLLL

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Level 76
Mar 27, 2020
Cheater then.
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Level 59
Jul 12, 2016
I'm so sad Theresa May is PM. The UK as we know it has ended.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
Don't worry. Boris Johnson is in charge now.
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Level 70
Jul 24, 2019
We've replaced the worst PM in living memory with a man who was our worst ever foreign secretary. Fail, abysmally, at one job and have your party decide you are the ideal man to run the country. Genius. This can only end well.
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Level 66
Jul 24, 2019
A lot of the bad things Theresa May did were ultimately David Cameron's fault. I'd say he was worse than Theresa May, at least in his second term.
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Level 76
May 3, 2021
And yet Boris Johnson and his Party are both consistently leading in the polls.
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Level 73
Aug 3, 2022
The fat albino Turk is thankfully no more - not quite as massive a liar as that orange freak over the water, but thoroughly dishonest nonetheless. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
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Level 72
Sep 7, 2022
Even better news, we've got Liz Truss now.

Jesus.

H.

Christ.

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Level 70
Sep 10, 2022
I see my Bojo prediction wasn’t too far off the mark.

Not expecting much from Truss, she will (hopefully) lie less than Bojo but the standard of politicians in the UK (and indeed globally) is woefully low at the minute.

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Level 43
Nov 4, 2022
And now we live in a world where the lettuce won.
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Level 87
Sep 6, 2022
Sounds like endless dissatisfaction. Maybe people should get out and run for themselves.
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Level 71
Sep 6, 2022
I agree; jogging would help people feel better about politics.
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Level 71
Jul 12, 2016
6 from a Texas hillbilly
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Level 47
Jul 14, 2016
it will have to be updated soon. :(
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Level 65
Jul 15, 2016
Quite impressed I got 24, although I was helped 'cos here in Scarborough there's an area where all the streets are named after them :)
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Level 50
Sep 7, 2016
Ha! An American got more than three! I got ten...
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Level 84
Sep 21, 2016
Seems like the Earl of Derby just couldn't decide what he wanted to do with his life.
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2016
Didn't get too many, but by randomly picking common names like Brown, Smith, Campbell, George, Wilson, I got a few more!
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Level 36
Dec 4, 2016
10/54
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Level 36
Dec 4, 2016
12/54
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Level 24
Jan 20, 2017
i got 2
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Level 55
Sep 11, 2017
I think it reasonable that Americans would know Prime Ministers who had a lot of contact with Americans because of world events. The best example of this is the relationship between Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, but all of the World War Prime Ministers are reasonably well known for various reasons (Asquith, Lloyd George, Chamberlain, Churchill and Atlee). Thatcher and Blair received ample American press coverage, and John Major was a principal American ally during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
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Level 46
Oct 4, 2017
0/54 :)
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Level 65
Nov 17, 2017
Most of these are just New Zealand and Australian cities
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Level 83
Mar 21, 2018
I wonder if the fact that almost half of quiz takers get the Earl of Derby is a result of people just randomly guessing 'Smith'.
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Level 35
Mar 27, 2018
Almost certainly.
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Level 67
Apr 28, 2018
That's how I got him.
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Level 80
Jul 28, 2019
Ah, I was wondering why he's so famous compared to next highest guesses.
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Level 53
Nov 25, 2021
Yes, me too - higher than Robert Walpole and even Earl Grey. That must be it.

Every time I do this quiz I miss out some obvious ones - this time it was Robert Peel, who is practically mentioned in the preamble...

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Level 38
May 13, 2018
24 and I'm British, knew a lot of them were lords and dukes of various places so just started naming towns and cities and got quite a few.
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Level 73
May 28, 2018
Honestly everyone should be able to figure out there was a guy named Peel from looking at the political parties key. Guessing "Smith" gets you another free one.
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Level 87
Jun 25, 2018
Don't half these putzes have their own name or do they just want to be remembered to history as the same Duke of Potsie as the ones a century prior and in the future?
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Level 42
Jul 16, 2018
This Englishman got 44 but I think I was helped by the fact that my son had to do some research on British PMs a few days ago. Never knew homework could have a positive effect.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
Funny that so many people in the comments have to state that they are american. In other quizzes you dont see nearly as many comments saying, "but im not american" (mostly none, but sometimes a few)
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2022
The subheading for this quiz mentions something about Americans.

So, of course, we have to get all indignant. ;)

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Level 58
Feb 6, 2019
44
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2019
This will need an update in a month or two as Theresa May is resigning this Friday. She will remain prime minister until the new Conservative Party leader is elected.
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Level 68
Jun 5, 2019
Nigel Farage is preparing!
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Level 31
Jun 5, 2019
Where is Lord Blackadder?
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Level 51
May 24, 2020
Very funny!
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2021
He was a prince, a member of the aristocracy, the valet to the Prince Regent, and an officer in the British Army: he wasn't PM.
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Level 83
May 28, 2022
And where's Jim Hacker?
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Level 47
Jun 22, 2019
Finally memorized them all.
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Level 47
Jun 22, 2019
Should be Marquess of Salisbury, not Marquis of Salisbury.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Gascoyne-Cecil,_3rd_Marquess_of_Salisbury

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Level ∞
Jun 22, 2019
Okay, fixed
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Level 50
Jul 20, 2019
Got 18. Missed some obvious ones but can never remember Dukes and Lords!
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2019
Unfortunately needs to be updated to include Boris Johnson (he will become the PM tomorrow).
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2019
Ruined a perfectly good quiz!
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2019
In fairness the quiz already had quite a few answers that were to say the least unfortunate.
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Level 43
Jul 24, 2019
Got only Churchill, but unlike other comments I am not American.
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Level 44
Jul 24, 2019
As an American I'd generalize that we know 5 (Johnson, May, Cameron, Thatcher, Churchill)
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
I think the average American over 30 would at least know Churchill, Thatcher, Blair and May. With many being able to name Cameron, Brown, Chamberlain, Major, Disraeli, and Boris. And a few being able to name some others.
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Level 71
Jul 25, 2019
I think Americans will remember Boris Johnson pretty well for being the British equivalent of a certain US political figure...

Of course, they aren't exactly the same, but they do have their similarities

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Level 84
Aug 9, 2019
I heard it said that Boris only pretends to be stupid, so as to be endearing or as a political ploy. Trump tries (and fails) to look smart, but is in reality spectacularly stupid.
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Level 50
Oct 3, 2019
^ This I agree is the main difference between them. I'm not sure which one is scarier, Trump because he is so stupid, or Boris because he's actually pretty clever in some ways, but plays dumb to fool everyone.
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Level 68
Jul 24, 2019
I hope that Mr. Johnson will finally table all this Brexit nonsense and get to the people's business which is bringing forward the much needed motion of declaring Oasis the greatest British band since The Beatles and that Liam Gallagher can sod right off.
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2022
This comment aged like milk.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
How did Johnson get elected? I thought he was deeply unpopular. Is he liked by conservatives?
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Level 66
Jul 24, 2019
He wasn't elected by the general population, only by the Conservative Party. And yes, he is liked by conservatives.
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Level 84
Jul 24, 2019
I understood the procedure just surprised that anyone likes him. But I'm still surprised daily by the amount of support Trump gets from Republicans.
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Level 66
Jul 24, 2019
It is at least partially because he was one of the leading figures in the campaign to leave the EU. Jeremy Hunt supported remain. And there is the Trump-ness aspect as well. There are many similarities between Johnson and Trump, though obviously Trump is worse.
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Level 77
Jul 24, 2019
I guess many people support him because "politicians are all corrupt and politics is a farce anyway". They feel that guys like Trump and Johnson "bring some fresh air" and construe their lack of manners and low intellectual level as "being honest".
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Level 66
Jul 30, 2019
Ironic, then, that Trump and to a lesser extent BoJo are two of the least honest politicians I can think of.
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Level 77
Jul 30, 2019
Hence the ironic quotes.
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Level 74
Aug 12, 2019
Johnson does not have a 'low intellectual level' - he was educated at Eton and Oxford! He is actually a very intelligent man who convincingly plays a person more stupid for the popularity - a difficult act to pull off!
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Level 84
Oct 5, 2019
Common tactic by fascists and other dishonest people. Liars will try to get you to believe that everyone lies. The corrupt will try to convince you that everyone is corrupt. Those detached from reality will try to get you to believe in alternative facts or that everything is subjective and partisan.
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Level 77
Nov 29, 2019
markasol - you are right about Johnson.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2019
He's hugely popular amongst Conservatives, though detested by many of them too. Last poll I saw found him still to be the most popular Conservative in the country at large too, and the Tories are terrified of getting wiped out at the next election so, despite him being a loose cannon, they are playing it safe in a way. Not sure if his schtick translates at all internationally but he has a certain articulate but bumbling charisma that people here seem to warm to in spite of his many flaws and frequent gaffes. And after a string of charisma-free vacuums for PM it's totally possible that people will choose to vote for Bojo the clown come election time. Everything's felt like a circus for the last few years anyway...
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Level 70
Jul 24, 2019
Bojo or Corbyn. That's really not much of a choice at all. In an ideal world you would tell both parties to go away and come back with sensible leaders.
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Level 83
Jul 24, 2019
MoSt AMerIcAns oNly KnOW ThREe
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Level 81
Jul 24, 2019
How long, I wonder, before this quiz has to be updated again?
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Level 64
Jul 24, 2019
hahha! yes hopefully very very soon. The Clown has arrived.
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Level 73
Jul 24, 2019
Petition to accept 'Bojo' as a type-in??
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Level 75
Jul 25, 2019
American and got 12 right. 6 I knew and 6 I just guessed popular last names.
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Level 87
Jul 27, 2019
The large number of US-centric quiz takers are certainly skewing the statistics so loyal Englishmen can be in a higher percentile.
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Level 28
Jul 29, 2019
55/55! I've been studying each prime-minister and what they're known for for months :)
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Level 21
Sep 9, 2019
42/55 I'm American
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Level 54
Oct 5, 2019
54/55, ran out of time. Slow typer
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Level 61
Nov 2, 2019
12 out of 55 and im english
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2019
Looks like William Gladstone is overdue to be re-elected again.
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2020
Where's Francis Urquehart?
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Level 22
Mar 15, 2020
55/55 and I'm french...I'm in the top10 of the french players of jetpunk
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Level 60
May 6, 2020
How do you write coloured text in the caveat for the parties? I tried it in my quiz and it doesn't work. Please help.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
You have to use HTML. Try copying this quiz to see how I did it.
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Level 51
May 14, 2020
Got Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Chruchill, Boris Johnson, and Duke of Wellington. I am 9 and I live in NJ.
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Level 31
Jul 19, 2020
I never knew some Prime Ministers only served for one year
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Level 83
Oct 26, 2022
In some cases, one month!
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Level 66
Jul 31, 2020
22/55, and Dutch. Pretty pleased, but i'll have to admit, i got some of 'm on guessing general British sounding names, or very vague memories (i studied history, but didn't focus on British political history......current one is 'fascinating' though. xD ).
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Level 47
Aug 20, 2020
20/55 and I'm American, I don't if I should feel accomplished or not.
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Level 48
Aug 23, 2020
pew, I got 20/55 and actually I am korean
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Level 48
Aug 23, 2020
pew, I got 20/55 and actually I am korean
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Level 48
Oct 6, 2020
D'oh!

54, stumbled as I began to type Boozy's name and ran out of time. First time I've managed to remember all the early nineteenth century aristos, doubt if I'll achieve that again :-/

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Level 38
Oct 23, 2020
Please accept Walpole for Robert Walpole
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Level 38
Nov 1, 2020
Also Genesis your comment is listed twice
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Level 8
Mar 1, 2021
9/55, although im a brazilian. btw the crown helped me lol
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2021
I spent half the time trying to spell Attlee XD (please accept "attley" or "attly" for my poor tired brain)
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Level 40
Jun 27, 2021
I got 35/55. I live in Australia. But no one knows anyone but Thatcher, Johnson, Churchill, and Chamberlain... Just me!
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Level 27
Jul 22, 2021
Well, I got 50/55 and I'm English, the other five I didn't know. Everyone must know Johnson, Thatcher and Churchill?!
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Level 58
Aug 20, 2021
4/55

Most Americans only know three

I AM NOT MOST AMERICANS!

(I am not even American, am 1/2 Filipino 1/2 Chinese)

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Level 81
Sep 8, 2022
I feel like you're being overly proud about what is really not that great a result.
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Level 61
Sep 14, 2021
I am shocked that Sir Robert Walpole (the first PM) is as far down as it is.
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Level 46
Sep 24, 2021
Got 50/55, only PM since the 20th century I missed was Balfour
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2021
Lord North is probably the only one Americans are more likely to get than Brits. We learned about him in our units on the Revolution.
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Level 51
Nov 25, 2021
I watch the Simpsons, so Barney Gumble has taught me three of them...
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Level 67
Nov 26, 2021
"Dimwitted inbred nonce" should be accepted for most of them.
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Level 37
Jan 4, 2022
Surprised Lord Palmerston and Pitt the Elder (and therefore Younger) aren't more guessed lol.
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Level 37
Jan 4, 2022
Got 15. Would've been 12 if not for the Simpsons.
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Level 45
Mar 15, 2022
I got 39! Yay, by the way I just guessed last names for some of them
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Level 20
May 31, 2022
Annoying that I'm asked to name the Prime Ministers, but then it changes the names to their titles!

However, helping me brush up on my history.

The only one that I forgot was Balfour, so not a bad first attempt.

Thanks for your time and effort in creating this quiz.

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Level 53
Jul 7, 2022
Update will almost certainly be needed soon. One of the most dramatic and biggest implosions in Downing Street's history.
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Level 53
Oct 14, 2022
Yeah, I didn't think British politics could get any messier. Turns out it can.
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Level 53
Oct 20, 2022
It got even messier again. Quiz will need to be updated soon.
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Level 58
Jul 28, 2022
I’m surprised Lord North is so low, at least from an American perspective! We learned about him a lot in the context of leading up to the revolution
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Level 54
Aug 16, 2022
This quiz needs to be updated soon in light of Boris Johnson resigning.
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2022
About to be updated. And every time around you think it can't possibly get worse...
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Level 68
Sep 7, 2022
I suspect it will need updating again soon
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2022
We can but hope...
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2022
Looks like you were both right. And I thought you couldn't get any worse than Boris Johnson. Let's hope the next Prime Minister is a real functioning adult.
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Level 25
Sep 5, 2022
With the results, Liz Truss is a soon-to be PM, better update soon.
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Level 82
Sep 6, 2022
It's official now.
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Level 60
Sep 7, 2022
American, got 13, including some help from The Simpsons and Family Guy for Pitt the Elder, Lord Palmerston, and Benjamin Disraeli
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Level 51
Sep 7, 2022
Barney Gumble and Wade Boggs gave me 3 of them...
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Level 85
Sep 7, 2022
English here. I’ve had to retake this a couple of times in recent years, so i’m up to 54/56 now i’ve scraped the rust off. I suspect i’ll be doing all this again soon! One more go to get those remaining 2.
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Level 71
Sep 7, 2022
Given the fast turnover rate of recent British Prime Ministers, I think most Americans probably know more than 3 by now!
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Level 60
Sep 7, 2022
I wonder who will be the next PM in 2025.
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Level 85
Sep 8, 2022
It’ll be sooner than that. I give it a year.
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Level 66
Oct 20, 2022
A year was rather generous of you, as it turns out ;-)
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2022
Either Keir Starmer or Angela Rayner with any luck
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Level 61
Sep 8, 2022
I kept futilely typing Harriet Jones.
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Level 17
Sep 8, 2022
I named 8 as a Guatemalan American
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Level 49
Sep 8, 2022
I don't even know why I tried this, lol
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Level 72
Sep 9, 2022
The average score is 18, I pressed give up on 43 and only got 4 points!?
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Level 44
Sep 9, 2022
I believe you need to get either 100% correct or be in the top 5% to get 5 points.
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Level 72
Nov 5, 2022
Yeah, I pressed give up thinking I had surely made it into the top 5%!
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Level 38
Sep 9, 2022
If not by the comments, I would only guess Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and the I'd give up lol
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Level 36
Sep 21, 2022
I'm not even an island mon... erm, Bri'ish, but I did guess somewhat better at around 25 or so on first try.

But essentially all those people only referred to by them being the Duke of Witherchestershirehamington or whatever I had no clue about.

But come on, people like Sir Robert Walpole, John Major and Clement Attlee are really not that hard to recall, are they? ^^

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Level 75
Oct 7, 2022
Is that Inselaffe you were about to say??
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Level 54
Oct 20, 2022
The UK has been very good at having resets recently...
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2022
And... here we go again
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Level 51
Oct 21, 2022
Liz Truss has resigned, becoming the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
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Level 28
Oct 22, 2022
Yeah. From what I hear, she was terrible. Like why does she lower taxes for rich people and not poor people?! The poorer people need the money way more than the rich people who 1 of them makes enough money to feed an entire town for a month!
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Level 83
Oct 27, 2022
Good thing the next Prime Minister won't do that! :)
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2022
Shortest serving and most useless...so far! Let's see how Sunak get's on if they are not going to let us have an early general election
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Level 28
Oct 22, 2022
I'm American. I got 4, and then just started typing in common British names. :D*

Does that :D even look like a smiley face?

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Level 85
Oct 24, 2022
Due for yet another appearance of this one. (As soon as Rishi Sunak is invited to form a Government by King Charles III tomorrow.)
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Level 41
Oct 24, 2022
You’ve probably already hear about this, but Liz Truss resigned her position as the prime minister, so you should probably update this quiz.
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Level 25
Oct 25, 2022
Well, Rishi Sunak is the new PM, yes, Liz Truss DID only last a month and a couple days in office.
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Level 51
Oct 25, 2022
Rishi Sunak is now the official Prime Minister.
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Level 55
Oct 26, 2022
yeah i think they know mate
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Level 62
Oct 26, 2022
Quiz to be updated in about 5 minutes, if the last weeks are anything to go by
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Level 82
Oct 27, 2022
I'm surprised that so few got Lord Palmerston. Does no one watch The Simpsons?
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Level 85
Oct 28, 2022
48/57 on first attempt. (But it was only a couple of months the last time I did this.) 20th Century is easy. In fact I know everyone back to Balfour by rote. Most 19th and over half 18th. I’ll have memorised the rest by lunchtime and then I can start forgetting again!
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2022
How about *This quiz will be updated at most once a year*
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2022
Don't wanna waste my time so I'll wait a week or two before retaking this quiz...
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2022
Musical chairs in 10 Downing St!
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Level 70
Nov 3, 2022
Darn it, forgot Walpole and Perceval!
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Level 84
Nov 4, 2022
I got 44 this time. Forgot stupid John Major... but... good enough. Not going to get that 5th point without cheating.
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Level 29
Nov 4, 2022
pls new pm every day so i can get more than half of them
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Level 41
Nov 7, 2022
i came here just for a badge
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Level 59
Nov 18, 2022
It never ceases to amuse me that there was a prime minister named Bonar Law. I've read or heard his name so many times, and it never stops being funny to me.
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Level 33
Dec 5, 2022
I am Italian and I only know Chruchill. Too much knowledge
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Level 29
Dec 8, 2022
You should accept Uncle Bob for Salisbury.