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: Edward Heath
A new volume of essays puts special advisers in historical context, and suggests the Cabinet has been marginalised by a succession of over-mighty PMs.
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?
We give you divorce reform, abortion law in Northern Ireland, citizenship rights for three million Hong Kongers, and the rainbow flag.
Perhaps we should all take a step backwards from comparing CVs, and simply ask ourselves who has a record of delivering for Britain.
“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
The big picture is that Johnson is dashing for growth. We devoutly hope it works but the precedents aren’t promising.
No guilt attaches to Boris Johnson, unless by betraying the industry a second time he chooses to endorse and embrace that earlier guilt.
Budget 1) This was less a Conservative Budget than “the People’s Budget”. From a Vote Leave Government – not the usual Tory one.
It may be necessary, given the Coronavirus, and could even work. But Britain has a long, long record of state spending failing to turbo-charge growth.
Joe Baron: Leaving the EU is a joyous expression of national self-confidence. For that, we have Thatcher to thank.
If Britain joined in a moment of self-doubt, it voted out as a confident, self-assured, optimistic, outward-looking and independent nation state.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?
How the half a century-long Conservative civil war over Europe was won last week in a single day. By the Brexiteers.
One has to pinch oneself to remember that as recently as last July May was Prime Minister, Hammond Chancellor of the Exchequer and Gauke Lord Chancellor.
Michael McManus: Maggie and Ted – my new play about the most notorious feud in modern political history
I worked for both of them, and they were extraordinary human beings. But they were also both contingent, flawed, and also with their all-too-obvious blind spots.
How better to follow Jeremy Corbyn’s speech yesterday than by citing a signature Tory policy that shifted wealth to “working people and their families”?
Brexit has changed much for them, but less than one might think – at least when it comes to their strategic position at Westminster.
We regularly describe ourselves as a broad church – and correctly so. Any alignment with the Brexit Party would see that width of appeal narrowed.