And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
Posts Tagged: Margaret Thatcher
John Deben: Weak leadership, catastrophic decisions. The appeasement of reactionaries over Brexit has betrayed Heath’s legacy
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
Interview: “Well, it’s very flattering. But I’m not taking it seriously.” Rees-Mogg says he won’t stand for the Conservative leadership
The Somerset MP strongly supports Theresa May, denies anti-Etonian prejudice in public life, and says a Catholic could perfectly well be PM.
Rethink how we build communities. Scrap Osborne’s tax on landlords. And give more people the chance to own their home.
An American scholar shows how British Conservatives welcomed universal suffrage, while German Conservatives were terrified of it.
Green, standing in for May, showed what an admirable caretaker leader he would make.
To help win a new generation of young voters, the Conservatives need a new Swinton College – or a modern equivalent
It was the brainchild of Rab Butler, set up to educate Tory members. 54,000 Conservative activists, agents and other students took courses.
It backed nationalisation in the ’40s. It opposed Thatcher’s economic policy in the ’80s. It supported the Euro in the ’90s. And now it wants Single Market membership.
By forcing the Prime Minister to talk about Economics for Beginners, the Leader of the Opposition has pushed her onto favourable ground.
Some Ministers and Conservative MPs are so spooked by Corbyn that they are in danger of losing their heads.
Detoxifying the Party never meant moving to the left – this year’s manifesto was well to the left economically of anything we advocated.
42 per cent and no majority 4) We’ve said it before. We say it again. A key to victory is higher home ownership.
The lack of a stake in the system is pushing the political profile of the youngest tranche of workers towards that of students.
Mohammed Amin: The Government should now agree a Brexit position with other parties and the devolved administrations
After negotiations with the rest of the EU have been completed, the final agreement must be brought back to Parliament.
42 per cent and no majority 2) The Party must make the case for conservatism to a new generation of voters. It hasn’t for too long.
As time passes, a decreasing slice of the electorate has any experience at all of old-fashioned socialism. And the argument that it doesn’t work cuts little ice.
During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.