His biggest strength now is that to a mass of people who don’t follow politics he is a Given, A Fact – like Thatcher, Blair or the weather.
Posts Tagged: Sir Anthony Eden
Profile: The Foreign Office, damaged by the retreat from Kabul, but free at last of Blairite illusions
Sir Anthony Eden offers the great modern warning: an expert who lacked the mental robustness to cope at the highest level.
Cardwell is loyal to May and Brokenshire, but does not tell us much about the Prime Minister’s people
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
Iain Dale: Covid-19. There is no good reason why the arts sector should get a billion pound bailout while coach operators do not
Plus: If Johnson goes soon, it will be of his volition. And: these presidential debates are a train crash for America.
Johnson benefits from the scorn of critics such as Parris, for it suggests the Prime Minister is still an outsider
I have decided to write a second volume of my life of Johnson, who has always been an affront to serious-minded people’s idea of politics.
History shows that they can usually weather health crises, and we hope and trust we shall soon see this one restored to his normal vigour.
Character assassination displaces comprehension, and so damages those who engage in it.
He is a man of Negative Capability, who cannot be understood by those with a fact-checking mentality, and he admires Trump.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
For a really serious British foreign policy failure, look at Chamberlain’s attempt to appease Hitler
Tim Bouverie has written a fascinating account of the slide towards the Second World War.
Andrew Roberts manages to bring the great man before us in all his variousness in just under a thousand pages.
Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
We need to rekindle l’esprit communautaire, on both sides of the channel. In Walpole’s famous phrase, “this dance can no longer go”.
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.”