Churchill, Mosley, Powell, Prentice, Owen, Berkeley, Taverne…There are the awkward men of principle. Those whose parties have changed radically. And the lost souls.
Posts by Lewis Baston
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 @
The Iron Curtain crumbled in Eastern Europe. De Klerk took power in South Africa. The birth of the internet loomed…and the beginning of the end loomed for Mrs Thatcher.
Lewis Baston: The election that never happened – after the events of this month, a hundred years ago
What would the result have been of a 1914/15 poll – in a Britain that sometimes seemed to be on the verge of civil war?
The 1979 saw the election of a group of Tories to the European Parliament whose enthusiasm for the European project is part of a vanished age.
Camden, Haringey, Lambeth, Wandsworth…. At the age of 50, they now seem natural units and alternatives are hard to imagine.
Lewis Baston: Will Osborne succeed where Maudling failed? The Budget that almost won the Tories an election
Our monthly history columnist says that the man who Edward Heath later beat for the leadership almost pulled it off.
Lewis Baston: Ernest Marples. Yes, a rogue – but he brightened up the 1950s, and he made things happen
Long-range phone calls, premium bonds, parking meters, yellow pavement lines, summary traffic penalties…his hand was in them all.
If Heath had won in February 1974, there would have been a deal with the unions, faster Euro-integration…and no Thatcherism?
Lewis Baston: Will UKIP escape the fate of its predecessors, who were swallowed by the Conservatives?
From an alleged member of ‘The Cult of the Clitoris’ to the Anti-Waste League, insurgents on the right flowered in the inter-war period.
1923-24 reminds one of the intricate relationship between conservatism, liberalism and the Conservative Party, a story that is far from over.
Or: how a newly-minted commoner was endorsed by a Perthshire electorate.