All three PMs did about as well as anyone could in the circumstances, and all three, so far as one can see, are doomed.
Posts Tagged: Alec Douglas-Home
Profile: Tony Blair. Zealous, unrepentant and driven – the leader who took us to war in Iraq is reborn as our saviour from the pandemic.
It is hard to find any precedent for the path that he has chosen. What furies drive him? Why this frantic activity?
His archivist writes that this agreement has succeeded…in recovering powers which some thought had been lost permanently”.
Cardwell is loyal to May and Brokenshire, but does not tell us much about the Prime Minister’s people
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
Plus: In my view, there is no case at all to merit a decision to do anything other than keeping the lockdown, maybe with a few tweaks.
Richard Holden: Labour has socially distanced from voters in my seat – and others in the north and midlands. Starmer won’t change that.
The party is pinned down where it feels at home – in its new heartlands of central London, the middle of major cities and the University towns.
We’re urged to revive the spirit of the Blitz. But the Britain of World War Two didn’t always pull together.
“Winston Churchill is a bastard” – criticism, scrutiny and vulgar abuse are part of living in a free country.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
It is not the resignation which Tory backbenchers were keenest to see, but it makes the end of May’s prime ministership even more certain.
Richard Ritchie: Brexit. Four great Commons debates that show how we got here – and what’s at stake.
That’s to say, those of 1950, 1961, 1967 and 1971. Sovereignty was always the key concern, despite arguments over its meaning.
These acts of remembrance may in some slight measure salve grief, and enable those who have not had to endure such things to give thanks for those who do.
He may eventually be able to construct a case for return which, while tortuous, would not be beyond the reach of his powers of persuasion.
Patriots first and foremost. The post-war Tories who showed that it is usual in politics to be baffled and indecisive.
In his new book,Richard Ritchie tells the story of the Progress Trust, an influential group of Tory backbenchers set up during the Second World War.
He made grotesque errors of taste and judgement – see “Rivers of Blood”. But even his critics admit that he was one of the great parliamentarians of the 20th century.
The British Government needs to show the same resolve as in 1971, when Sir Alec Douglas-Home threw 105 KGB agents out of London.