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The Art of Oratory in the House of Commons

By Andrew Crines

The House of Commons represents one of the main arenas where our politicians seek to make a name for themselves. Be that in the… 1,104 more words


28th November 1990. Decline and Fall.

Poll Tax riots and Geoffrey Howe’s resignation speech,  finally cost Margaret Thatcher her Premiership.

Thatcher at 40%, had the second lowest average approval of any post-war Prime Minister (PM) and she was always less popular than her Party.  354 more words


'A long time in politics': Blowing hot and cold on the Autumn Statement

Chancellor: I shall place duty of 100 per cent of purchase price on the following: wheelchairs, white sticks, false limbs, glass eyes and diarrhoea medicine. Observers will notice that I have deliberately chosen to penalise those members of the community who can’t hit back.

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Denis Healey: ‘The best leader Labour never had?’

A Reflective Obituary

Denis Healey (30 November 1917 – 3 October 2015) has been widely described as ‘The best leader Labour never had.’ What might lie behind such claims? 813 more words

Postcard from Manchester: the only way is down

If you follow these kinds of things, you’ll already know that the Tories made a rather serious pitch for the centre ground, and that David Cameron’s potential successors have already started bidding for his job. 612 more words


A sheep in sheep's clothing? Remembering Geoffrey Howe

Ah 1990.  What consummate political theatre.  It’s always the one you least expect eh?

Like the traitorous Thane of Cawdor at the beginning of Macbeth being taken to execution… 570 more words