Easter is a rare opportunity to get on with some serious writing. I am in the midst of three major writing commitments. It has also proved quite productive in that a copy of the latest issue of Pouvoirs – the leading French journal of political science – has just arrived, which carries an article of mine on fixed-term Parliaments. I have also received the proofs of two forthcoming publications: a chapter on ‘Comparing Leadership Patterns and Dynamics in the Legislative Arena’ for a forthcoming book on Comparative Leadership and a short response, covered in an earlier post, to an article by Arthur Aughey in the journal Policy and Politics. Both should be appearing in print in the not-to-distant future.
I have also just received – hence this post – a copy of Leaders of the Opposition from Churchill to Cameron, edited by Timothy Heppell, which contains my chapter on Margaret Thatcher, analysing her period as Leader of the Opposition (1975-79). Her time as Opposition leader was not particularly successful. Had James Callaghan called an election in 1978 and Labour won it, it is likely Mrs Thatcher would have gone down in history as an also-ran. Both Thatcherism and the effective style of leadership associated with Thatcher emerged after she entered Downing Street and were a consequence rather than a cause of her electoral success in 1979. It was not so much that the Conservatives won the election as Labour lost it.
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