If the establishment had really been as efficiently conspiratorial as it was supposed to be, there would have been no need for his amateurish plot.
Posts Tagged: February 1974 General Election
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.
Daniel Hannan: Farewell to Edward du Cann, the courtly Eurosceptic who helped propel Thatcher to power
Behind his languid exterior lay a man of unusual principle, to whom all Conservatives have cause to be grateful.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
A further graft from the remnants of Labour and the LibDems might be the best way of preserving the Union and providing an alternative government to the SNP.
Lewis Baston: The Balfour Gambit failed altogether in 1906. But don’t rule out a future Prime Minister trying it again.
There may be a strange applicability for the future in the circumstances that led to the Liberals’ sweeping electoral triumph in 1906.
The Fixed Terms Parliament Act just adds to the questions swirling around the forthcoming election.
Most produce results that are more or less what a reader of opinion polls and other electoral data might have anticipated a few months in advance.
Lewis Baston: Six months out, what does the past tell us about how much change to expect before polling day?
The classic pattern of Government honeymoon, mid-term discontent and Government recovery happens less often than one might believe.
If Heath had won in February 1974, there would have been a deal with the unions, faster Euro-integration…and no Thatcherism?