A new study by Anthony Seldon of the office of Prime Minister gives too little credit to the many among its 55 holders whom he dismisses as failures.
Max Caller, the inspector who brought change to Tower Hamlets, has been sent in to the city. The Government could take control.
Could the absence of the Brexit Party explain in part the enormous increase in the number of ‘Others’ being returned?
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
His focus on leftish politics and local campaigning built the party into a potent force, but left it badly exposed to the dangers of coalition with the Conservatives.
Just as they had with Joe Chamberlain before him, the Tory leadership wooed Lloyd George to fatally fracture the Liberal Party.
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.
The comedy and horror of Thorpe’s trial, and of the 1970s, are caught in this book and television series.
Looking back, 55 years of Liberal and Liberal Democrat by-election success looks less important than UKIP’s two-year surge.
“The language should be that of giving people their chance to succeed and of being on their side – a “people politics” that many practice locally but which must be scaled up.”
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.
Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.
Churchill saw a century ago that the existing party machines will always prove the stronger, and UKIP and the SDP have confirmed this.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.