Tag Archives: David Cameron

Conservative leaders and Europe

I have seen various report claiming that the issue of European integration has been responsible for bringing down Conservative Prime Ministers from Edward Heath onwards – and at least one also suggesting it brought down Harold Macmillan.  European integration has … Continue reading

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Why was there a referendum?

In the post-war era, the issue of European integration has been a fault line of British politics.  Both main parties have been divided internally  and both have changed their stance on the issue.  However, there has been no formal requirement … Continue reading

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Rules matter…

Institutions are not neutral in their effect.  They operate on the basis of processes and rules.  What those rules are can affect outcomes.  Had the Labour Party adopted the same rules for electing the  leader as the Conservative Party, Jeremy … Continue reading

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Analysing Conservative fortunes

In my speech yesterday at the conference on Conservatives and Conservatism – the conference finished this morning – I discussed the variables responsible for Conservative success in the 20th Century and utilised them for assessing the current position of the Conservative … Continue reading

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The Conservative challenge

There is much media discussion as to what the Prime Minister needs to do to restore the fortunes of the Conservative Party.  Various strategies are being proferred: take a more robust line on this or that policy, move the party … Continue reading

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Coalition cohesion

A parcel arrived today from Palgrave Macmillan.  I thought it may be my copy of The Withering of the Welfare State, which is being launched tonight.  In the event, it was a copy of Cameron and the Conservatives: The transition … Continue reading

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Being held to ransom? Er, no.

The Times today has an article, by Roland Watson, reflecting on the creation of the coalition.  It repeats a claim variously made in coverage of the formation of the coalition, namely that, for David Cameron, ‘coalition has let him go … Continue reading

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