John Major secured more votes than any other Prime Minister in unpromising circumstances – but ‘stretching the elastic of democracy’ would cost the Party dearly.
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Lewis Baston is author of Reggie: The Life of Reginald Maudling and several books about British general elections. He is a consultant on politics, elections and constituencies,Follow @
Even more than party disagreements over what should replace it, the idea of a very powerful second chamber is out of constitutional fashion.
Reading back, it highlights how supposedly level-headed ‘realists’ were so slow to recognise the true nature of the National Socialist regime.
Does the Anglican character of Toryism explain why it’s avoided producing the long and fascinating list of breakaways sported by Labour and the Liberals?
The story of who won (like David Davis). And who lost (like Zac Goldsmith).
None the less, the local Conservatives exploited the climate of prejudice, while Labour sometimes bent to accommodate it.
It has been where there is an air of panic and chaos, with a government forced to bow its knee to the markets, that there is real political damage.
Lewis Baston: The Party Conference season. So often gripping and thrilling – and never more so than this year.
They will be strange, edgy experiences: I can hardly wait.
They have gone either way in successive elections, but their recent results show up electoral trends that helping the Tories.
It was not entirely clear at the time that it had created a new political structure that would last for generations – with the Conservatives as the leading party of the state.
Lewis Baston: Yes, it was hot, turbulent, manic, and strife-ridden. But how blissfully happy Britain was 40 years ago in the summer of 1975
There was drought, I Claudius, soaring inflation, and the Prime Minister describing himself as a spider – but the year tops a national contentment index.
A further graft from the remnants of Labour and the LibDems might be the best way of preserving the Union and providing an alternative government to the SNP.
In a Daily Telegraph piece on the eve of poll, Margaret Thatcher argued for Europe, putting co-operation ahead of trade.
The Tory campaign in 1966 was not a success, but neither was it a complete failure. Heath’s warnings of economic troubles ahead were vindicated as early as July.
Lewis Baston: The Balfour Gambit failed altogether in 1906. But don’t rule out a future Prime Minister trying it again.
There may be a strange applicability for the future in the circumstances that led to the Liberals’ sweeping electoral triumph in 1906.