No guilt attaches to Boris Johnson, unless by betraying the industry a second time he chooses to endorse and embrace that earlier guilt.
Posts Tagged: Edward Heath
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.
Richard Kelly: A lesson from May’s departure – and from history. So often, it’s Tory activists, not MPs, who bring down their leader.
Yesterday’s emergency National Convention meeting was a reminder of the influence and power of the grassroots.
ConservativeHome’s leadership election panel. “The next Tory leader’s task is to fashion a home for “decent populists”
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.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: May failed to lead Britain out of the EU – but her successor can yet succeed
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.