Tag Archives: Margaret Thatcher

What goes on behind the scenes…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to my article in Parliamentary Affairs on the importance of informal space in legislatures – places where members gather informally (dining and tea rooms, division lobbies, corridors) and in which discussion between MPs … Continue reading

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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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‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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Power behind the scenes: the importance of social space in legislatures

In an earlier post, I reported on a talk I gave earlier this year at the PSA annual conference in Glasgow on the difference changes in social space in Parliament can make. On Friday, I gave a paper at the … Continue reading

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In debate

I drafted a post recently on a debate at Lancaster University in which I participated, on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.  Because I drafted it ahead of some of my more recent posts, it appeared before those posts when I … Continue reading

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Debating the Thatcher legacy

Eighteen months ago I took part in a debate, held at the University of Lancaster, on the motion ‘This House regrets the legacy of Margaret Thatcher’.  I spoke against.  I recently came across a video of the debate.  My practice … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher

There were two post-war Prime Ministers who presided over transformative governments: Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher.  In my typology of Prime Ministers, Attlee was a reformer,  implementing a radical programme drawn up by the party; Margaret Thatcher was an innovator, … Continue reading

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