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.
Yesterday’s emergency National Convention meeting was a reminder of the influence and power of the grassroots.
Each week, our panel of John O’Sullivan, Rachel Wolf, Trevor Phillips, Tim Montgomerie and Marcus Roberts will analyse and assess what’s happening.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
There may be greater willingness by Brussels to negotiate following populist successes in the European elections.
Disraeli defined conservatism as ‘love of country and an instinct for power’, and her successors should strive for her winning fusion of the two.
Patrick Bishop’s biography of Airey Neave, who in 1975 showed how to run a successful leadership campaign.
In his new book, Jeremy Black traces the history of Britain’s relations with the Continent, and how it bears on the Brexit debate.
That’s to say, those of 1950, 1961, 1967 and 1971. Sovereignty was always the key concern, despite arguments over its meaning.
Power seems to be seeping away from the ancien regime.
By refusing to consider the option of leaving without a deal, Conservative Ministers are essentially admitting defeat. And we deserve better than a defeatist political class.
A new study of the 2017 general election shows May failing to insist on a message and a manifesto which supported each other.