On Wednesday 15th November 1922, the British electorate went to the polls and changed the course of political history.
Dale’s new volume of brief lives of all 55 Prime Ministers since 1721 brings only some of them to life.
She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
One can conceive of Ministers seeking an all-party public front, and Labour objecting to responsibility with no power.
By reaching a deal in Brussels, the Tory anarchist has exceeded what the official classes and conventional wisdom supposed was possible.
Just as they had with Joe Chamberlain before him, the Tory leadership wooed Lloyd George to fatally fracture the Liberal Party.
The author of the newly-published Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May reflects on what holders of the office have in common – and don’t.
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.
Think of today’s two main parties led in 2015 by Nicholas Soames and Denis Healey and you are part of the way there.
What would the result have been of a 1914/15 poll – in a Britain that sometimes seemed to be on the verge of civil war?
Would the Conservatives survive an EU In/Out Referendum in one piece?