At the final meeting of her Cabinet, a revived Iron Lady told members, during a coffee break, that “on no account must Heseltine be elected”
Plus: virtual conferences are the way of the future. America’s vice-presidential debate worked. And: Fox deserved better from his WTO campaign.
Few people understand better than the Culture Secretary how the government machine works, or fails to work.
Lord Woolton (pictured right) was the greatest-ever, rebuilding the Conservatives after the war. But here are my favourite five.
Plus: May’s first PMQs. Splash! Olive trees in view. Plosh! Ministers reshuffled. Splurge! Cameroons fired. Whoosh! P.S: Time for another dip in my Spanish pool…
Plus: The turnaround success story of Ebbsfleet Academy. And: the Cecil Parkinson I knew.
He had charm, steel and ability, and might have led the Party were it not for his resignation and the circumstances that forced it.
The Clarkegate allegations have revealed flawed accountability structures and failures of confidentiality – exacerbated by a fixation with the short-term.
Plus: Why Chilcot won’t change anybody’s mind. A deliberate snub from Downing Street. And: Why hasn’t the Daily Mail replaced James Chapman yet?
Thatcher’s biographer captures the extreme precariousness of her position even as she confounded the Left and scored some of her greatest triumphs.