a week is a long time in politics

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Etymology[edit]

Usually attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s. Also used by (and incorrectly attributed to) Australian PM Gough Whitlam in the 1970s.

Phrase[edit]

a week is a long time in politics

  1. (idiomatic) In politics, a lot of change can happen in a short space of time.