The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
Posts Tagged: Iain Macleod
History shows that One Nation Conservatism, once espoused by Powell and Macleod, need not be wet.
How a unique combination of Heath and Powell saw the Tories swept to power from Sheffield to Lambeth.
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.
Conservatives have a proud record of social reform. I want to break down the barriers to people escaping poverty.
The Electoral Reform Society calculates that a tiny change in votes would have given May a bare majority last spring. But how much difference would this have made?
John Deben: Weak leadership, catastrophic decisions. The appeasement of reactionaries over Brexit has betrayed Heath’s legacy
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
None the less, the local Conservatives exploited the climate of prejudice, while Labour sometimes bent to accommodate it.
The Tory campaign in 1966 was not a success, but neither was it a complete failure. Heath’s warnings of economic troubles ahead were vindicated as early as July.
The early training that David Cameron and his team received in the Conservative Research Department proved decisive.
Our final pre-election version – complete with the 30 new Tory candidates most likely to make it to the Commons.
By being so unrelentlingly contemptuous about the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister is corrupting his own brand.
Camden, Haringey, Lambeth, Wandsworth…. At the age of 50, they now seem natural units and alternatives are hard to imagine.
It is expected to plan for the long-term as well as the short. It isn’t doing this – so change is needed.