I found this quote from Bliar's Congressional Gold Medal acceptance speech, which he made at roughly the same time a weapons scientist was contemplating suicide. Incidentally, the middle son's grasp of history appears as simplistic as his father's. Lord North may have handled colonial matters poorly but the revolution had deeper roots than the Stamp Act (which North was not responsible for in any case) and North belatedly repealed the tea tax that he had introduced. North's punitive measures (the Coercive Acts) against the state of Massachusetts following the Tea Party did not attract much opposition even from pro-colonists and the crucial misjudgement made by North was that the remaining colonies would not support Massachusetts and, by the time of the peace conference called by North, the momentum towards rebellion was too great. Lord North's more mundane achievements include avoiding a war with the Spanish over the Falklands (some things never change) and made considerable progress towards clearing the national debt that accrued after the Seven Years War.