On Wednesday 15th November 1922, the British electorate went to the polls and changed the course of political history.
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.
Dale’s new volume of brief lives of all 55 Prime Ministers since 1721 brings only some of them to life.
Plus: In my view, there is no case at all to merit a decision to do anything other than keeping the lockdown, maybe with a few tweaks.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
A new biography of the ruthless, devious, vulgar, brilliant newspaperman who in 1940 became Minister of Aircraft Production.
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.”
It was not entirely clear at the time that it had created a new political structure that would last for generations – with the Conservatives as the leading party of the state.
But he is actually a traditional Tory leader who wants to show he will not give in to foreigners, even if they are children.
David Cameron’s successor will be pro-Leave – which will have profound implications for the future of the Party
Elevating FPTP to the status of a Tory principle would be a historical, and perhaps also a historic, mistake.