The Foreign Secretary’s proposals most resemble Anthony Barber’s 1972 ‘dash for growth’, pouring fuel on the fire of an economy already racked by monetary expansion and a looming energy crisis.
Three Conservative backbenchers, and then most damagingly the recently resigned Health Secretary, told the Prime Minister it was time to go.
Voters aren’t used to a world of rising prices and interest rates, and their hearts and minds are up for grabs.
But bearing the stamp of approval from the Iron Lady and her first Chancellor does not stop them from being a fundamentally bad idea.
My instinct last week was that he tried too hard to please the Tory press. Nothing’s that’s happened since has suggested otherwise.
We hope that Finn, Newman and the rest of the new appointees provide a fresh sense of direction and purpose.
At the final meeting of her Cabinet, a revived Iron Lady told members, during a coffee break, that “on no account must Heseltine be elected”
The big picture is that Johnson is dashing for growth. We devoutly hope it works but the precedents aren’t promising.
Javid’s resignation statement contained jokes but also warnings. “I’m a low-tax Conservative,” he said, and the Treasury “is the only tax-cutting ministry”.
As the final volume of the authorised biography appears, its author remarks that by the end, there was almost no one who could say: “Come on Margaret, stop it.”
Clarke delivered an attack which recalled Howe’s on Thatcher.
Progressive commentators and saloon-bar orators are wrong to condemn MPs for finding the national issue hard to settle.
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.
Though not as devastating as Sir Geoffrey Howe’s resignation statement, this one still pointed the Government on a new course.