Fifty years ago, the battle between government and the National Union of Mineworkers fatally undermined the corporatist model by which both parties had governed Britain.
Fifty years on from Edward Heath, another Conservative Prime Minister faces their premiership being brought even lower by a Middle Eastern energy shock.
His Bill may be held up in the Lords as he continues to insists that his Government will stop the boats. The only means of squaring the two would be an election with illegal migration centre-stage.
The aghast reaction of some in the political entertainment industry to Sunak’s low-key reshuffle shows many have still not gotten used to a Prime Minister more interested in quietly delivering than feeding the SW1 soap opera.
The unions were small-c conservatives. They paraded under heraldic banners, had no truck with such new-fangled ideas as women’s rights, and wanted to keep every coal mine in the country open.
He should apologise for the public panic he instilled, and leave the public arena to reflect on the unquestionable harm he has caused.
Are we in recession? Of course not. The ONS has in fact just uprated its growth forecast, and the IMF now admits that Kwarteng’s reforms will boost growth.
At a macro-level, it reinforces prudence and affordability. But at a micro-level, it can be an obstacle to speed, efficiency and innovation.
But there are truths in life – for example, that a stich in time saves nine, beggars can’t be choosers…and that you can’t spend more than your earn. His premiership ends with record spending and taxes.
The potential for mass boycotts of energy bills forms part of a wider energy crisis. We could see millions unable to pay to heat their homes, energy rationing, and blackouts.
The Transport Secretary, an early backer of Johnson for the leadership, has become one of the Government’s most trusted media performers
Voters aren’t used to a world of rising prices and interest rates, and their hearts and minds are up for grabs.
No Conservative leader has lost a challenge as Prime Minister, but neither have any survived their victories by as much as a year.
As in the 1970s, the looming “summer of discontent” from the trade unions may ruin any hope the Government has of avoiding a wage-price spiral.
In this much-needed review, there needs to be a reassessment of its governance, transparency and accountability.