Bonar Law’s words in 1922 apply to the present leader: “The party elects a leader, and that leader chooses the policy, and if the party does not like it, they have to get another leader.”
Posts Tagged: Harold Wilson
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.
The alarmism of Osborne and others has proved to be baseless – instead, our existing strengths in financial services position us to grow even stronger.
Then as now, the United Kingdom is undermining its reputation and interests abroad by supporting an ally engaged in war crimes.
Just as the young in the sixties thought that they invented sex, so the millennials mistakenly believe that they invented disruption. But she was the arch-disruptor.
The future leaders of the Left either don’t know their history, or prefer a made-up version of it.
Howard Flight: Today’s Mayite Conservatives have embraced a socialist ethic – with wishy-washy, opportunistic policies.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
Lewis Baston: Forty years ago, another Tory conference. It saw that famous Hague speech. And the arrival of Reg Prentice…
The former Labour MP’s defection, and the later split within that party, has not yet found in a parallel in our own turbulent times.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
Upholding the rule of law in the capital by defeating moped crime would be a good start.
Kieron O’Hara: Seven ways to reach younger voters. Including, as May is doing today, reaching out to other parties.
If the Conservatives spoke a progressive alliance, and meant it, they might be able to make some progress – and break down virulent anti-Toryism.
The Prime Minister showed that on her home turf, in the Commons, she is still a very difficult woman to get out.
None the less, campaigns are not devised for the entertainment of journalists and websites. They are crafted to win votes. Which this one seems to be doing.
The situation is volatile, but on balance it is more likely that Labour will hang on, and that Paul Nuttall will be the first victim of Thursday’s by-election.
The industrial strategy has a welcome focus on education. But will it live up to its claim of modernity?
There is still some way to go before we can be sure this is a truly new approach, and not a return to what has been tried before.