The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
Posts Tagged: Sir Anthony Eden
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.”
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.
Interview: “Well, it’s very flattering. But I’m not taking it seriously.” Rees-Mogg says he won’t stand for the Conservative leadership
The Somerset MP strongly supports Theresa May, denies anti-Etonian prejudice in public life, and says a Catholic could perfectly well be PM.
She cannot be a stationary establishment figure when faced with the restless mood of the voting public. She must move forwards – or we risk a 1997-style wipeout.
It can be done, but it requires a great deal of political ambition.
He has the potential to become a great Foreign Secretary, but will need to establish a reputation for trustworthiness.
He has seamlessly made the transition from Cameron to May.
The new Communities Secretary sees the construction of more homes as his priority. It is a daunting political mission.
Plus: August, the best political month. Thatcher, the best post-war Prime Minister. Off to Any Questions. Off to Edinburgh. And: will I poison an MP?