By D. Leonard
Throughout the process the 20 th century, nineteen males and one woman--from the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair--have occupied the put up of major Minister of the uk. In a sequence of biographical essays, Dick Leonard, a number one political journalist and previous MP, recounts the situations that took them to the head of ''the greasy pole'', probes their own and political strengths and weaknesses, assesses their functionality within the most sensible workplace and asks what lasting effect they've got had.
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Nor did he have any respect for the views of the party rank and file. ‘I would as soon be guided by the views of my valet as by the Conservative Party conference’, he said on a famous occasion. This patrician indifference to the growing democratisation of British politics, which was even affecting the Conservative Party under the influence of Joe Chamberlain, made Balfour an inappropriate figure to lead a political party in the twentieth century. Moreover, his own lack of raw ambition led him to underestimate the ambitions of others.
Shy, lacking in self-confidence, physically unattractive and later to become excessively fat and a semipermanent invalid (probably due to diabetes, then an untreatable condition), she was hardly a social asset to her husband. Yet he depended on her judgement to a considerable extent, and her advice was almost invariably shrewd and to the point. 45). Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman 41 At this early stage he seems to have made no impact on Gladstone, then at the height of his power during his first ministry, but he did come to the notice of Edward Cardwell.
Remained as Irish Secretary for less than eight months. B. – with the coercive policies he was expected to carry out. B. himself continued very much in the same way as he had as a junior minister – fulfilling his duties with quiet efficiency, showing unremitting loyalty to his superior, but offering a flow of common-sense suggestions to meet the almost daily crises which arose. In the Commons he was a distinct success, largely deflating the spiked anger of Parnell’s formidable Irish Party by his firm, unflustered but genial replies.
A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair by D. Leonard