Andrew Adonis’s new biography of “the first of a new breed of ‘common man’ who would manage the British state” and became one of the great Foreign Secretaries.
This compilation of some of the terms he has used shows how, while rising to national leadership, he reassured outsiders that he was still one of them.
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
Power seems to be seeping away from the ancien regime.
The former Foreign Secretary says May’s team are inexperienced in EU negotiations and are “pushing out disinformation”.
Europe has no Madisons to make the case for federalism, while the Leavers patronise us by pretending that leaving is without risk.
David Miliband, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg are urging from the sidelines a breach of faith with the British people on Brexit.
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.
Churchill saw a century ago that the existing party machines will always prove the stronger, and UKIP and the SDP have confirmed this.
My guess is that he would have argued that this is a matter for Parliament, with no need to resort to the judiciary.
It was crucial not just to defy the far left – but also the moderate left and the establishment.
The case for Gove. His candidature is the one best placed not only to ensure that Britian quits the EU but that social mobility is boosted.
This is a simple question of where and how our national interest is best pursued.
Thatcher’s biographer captures the extreme precariousness of her position even as she confounded the Left and scored some of her greatest triumphs.
Plus: Loud sounds from Tom Watson. Pig noises from Craig Oliver. And: Come and hear me make a fool of myself in Manchester on Sunday.