Tag Archives: Michael Heseltine

Explaining the downfall of Margaret Thatcher

The fascinating BBC series Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, just shown again, highlighted the way in which Margaret Thatcher lost office.  There are essentially two explanations. One is that she was brought down, as Charles Powell put it, by ‘tearoom … Continue reading

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Prime Ministers exploiting informal space

My research recently has encompassed the significance of informal space in legislatures, that is where members mix informally.  Analysis of the consequences of legislatures has tended to focus on the use of formal space – the chamber and committee rooms.  … Continue reading

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The role of First Secretary of State

Dominic Raab, as First Secretary of State, has been designated by the Prime Minister to stand in for him while he recovers from Coronavirus.  Mr Raab is also Foreign Secretary and there have been calls for him to step aside … 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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Great orators

If we look at history, we can identify politicians who were renowned for their capacity for all three types of oratory – ceremonial, forensic and deliberative – listed in my previous post.  In the United States, a good example at … 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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