The more centralised her decision-making became, the less control over events she actually had.
Posts Tagged: Harold Wilson
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
Stewart Jackson: In Peterborough, one Tory candidate once floored an opponent. The coming contest may be no less exciting.
As the MP for the city seat for twelve years, I suppose I am as good a guide as anyone to the campaign ahead.
Michael Brown: It’s 40 years since Thatcher’s victory and my Commons entrance. I remember it all so clearly.
My most cherished memory of those early days was my first encounter with the MP for Huyton, Sir Harold Wilson.
Profile: Amber Rudd – moderation-preaching, whip-defying, No Deal-opposing. And sought by leadership contenders for support.
She is one of the few Cabinet members who does not give the impression of having had her personality flattened by the sacrifices demanded by a ministerial career.
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.
Alastair Thompson: Corbyn – an apologist for the tyrant who rules Venezuela by fear. Let a Commons vote put him on the spot.
Let’s see if Labour stands with Venezuela’s oppressed. For what party could truly say that it supports labour, while lending support to the butchery of labourers?
Richard Ritchie: Brexit. Four great Commons debates that show how we got here – and what’s at stake.
That’s to say, those of 1950, 1961, 1967 and 1971. Sovereignty was always the key concern, despite arguments over its meaning.
The first department to need boosting post-March. The Treasury? Business? Transport? No: Northern Ireland.
The challenge to “our precious union” will be as much constitutional as economic – Deal, No Brexit…or No Deal especially.
A new study of the 2017 general election shows May failing to insist on a message and a manifesto which supported each other.
Henry Newman: A Brexit deal isn’t certain, but it’s within reach – and it could still make it through Parliament
The process is hard and risky, but it still seems unlikely that the Labour Party would really torpedo an agreement in the last resort.
These acts of remembrance may in some slight measure salve grief, and enable those who have not had to endure such things to give thanks for those who do.
Parliament is struggling to retain senior figures. New peers should be chosen on their ability to raise the calibre of debate.
It was once said that the secret of Thatcher’s success was moving steadily on multiple fronts so that her enemies did not know where to focus their attention.
Interview: Greening – Banning the People’s Vote from the Tory conference handbook is wrong. “You don’t win a debate by not allowing it to happen.”
The party must move on from Brexit – and focus on boosting social mobility.