Flynn, for the Scots Nats, dared to speak without notes: an example too rarely followed by other MPs.
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.
The author compares politics to a game of snakes and ladders, but demonstrates that it is actually far harder than that.
This account of three and a half years as a special adviser confirms how trivial and transitory the role can be.
The Conservative victory in the general election of 2019, on a promise to Get Brexit Done, was a crushing defeat for them.
The former Prime Minister also failed to grasp that Merkel was not going to do anything very much for him.
In both cases their opponents resort to character assassination and are left with no one against whom they can argue.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
The row over his sacking is a sign of a Party pulled in different directions by the way politics works – and by culture wars. Now a new competitor is knocking at the door.
A new study of the 2017 general election shows May failing to insist on a message and a manifesto which supported each other.
In his new book, Ferdinand Mount looks at twelve great political thinkers and says what’s wrong with each of them.
Caroline Slocock says the first woman Prime Minister, whose downfall she witnessed, deserves the admiration rather than the contempt of feminists.
It shows an admirable devotion to duty. But whether what was sustainable as Home Secretary will be so as Prime Minister is another matter.
The media never understood him, and was surprised both by his successes and his failures.
By being the Free Spirit who defies Establishment Man, the former Mayor of London has today stolen the show.