Ah, Ah Mr. Heath


Edward Heath, former Conservative prime minister of Great Britain*, is dead at age 89.

The obits are all touting his chief accomplishment as his early '70s bringing Britain* into the Common Market, which evolved into today's European Union.

But a generation of Americans (and, one suspects, Brits too) who can barely recall a pre-Margaret Thatcher leader of England but many Beatles tunes doubtless remember Heath as one of the bad eggs from the lyrics of George Harrison's "Taxman."

*: Corrected re: Hakluyt's remarks in comments section.

Bonus material: Go here for why we remember the Beatles more than their home country's politicians. Go here for my thoughts about George Harrison's artistic slide.