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    Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris Robin Harris · 8 Characters Free read ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Robin Harris Just wondering if the book contains this interesting storyPS I am aware that this review is completely below the belt The fact that a

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    Free read The Conservatives A History Free read ô eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF · Robin Harris Robin Harris · 8 Characters “There is properly no history; only biography” so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson Robin Harris in The Conservatives A History

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    Free read The Conservatives A History Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris Robin Harris · 8 Characters A history of the Conservative Party is like almost any political party in itself always likely to divide opinion There will be those who come at the book from the angle of its opponents and who thus expect an apologia or at very least a justification for past policy; supporters will expect an exhortation of a grand institution and a hope for its future Neither will be satisfied by this volume As a pragmatist with no party loyalties I hav

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    Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris Very interesting account of the conservative party up The majority is dealt with by historic figures Peel Disraeli etc those in the 20th century

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    Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris By Daniel Boomsma At first sight it does not seem difficult to be a Conservative” the essayist and journalist Walter Bagehot 1826 1877 once wrote And indeed he was right But it will occur to those who study conservatism t

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    Free read The Conservatives A History Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris This is a poor book and that is a shame because as the author notes in his introduction there are few single volume general histories of the Conservative party It is an even greater shame because Robin Harris's scholarship is fine and his writing is adeuate The basic ingredients are there and so is the appetite And yet still the final meal is hard to swallow and leaves a bad after tasteThat sadly is down to t

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    Robin Harris · 8 Characters Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris Good introductory history of the Conservative Party As with any book of this size and scope depth must be sacrificed; nevertheless Harris is good at conveying the general feel of each era and at discussing the main incidents I personally felt as if Harris warmed up from the 50s onwards but this is perhaps understandable given his personal involvement the aftermath of this era Admittedly it may also be because I had ju

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    Free (The Conservatives A History) author Robin Harris Largely enjoyable though Harris seems particularly dismissive of Conservative leaders he dislikes and glosses over the negatives of those who he likes Though it is a readable overview of Conservative history which I would recommend to others

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Free read The Conservatives A History

Free read ✓ The Conservatives A History ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF S the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical recordTaking as his starting point the larger than life personalities of the Conservative Party's leaders and prime ministers since its inception Robin Harris's book also analyses the interconnected themes and issues which have dominated Conservative politics over the years The careers of. Very interesting account of the conservative party up The majority is dealt with by historic figures Peel Disraeli etc those in the 20th century are glossed over so a star is lost for that The author admits at the start he will do this about Thatcher given he is writing a separate book about her

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Free read ✓ The Conservatives A History ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Peel Disraeli Salisbury Baldwin Chamberlain Churchill Eden Macmillan Heath Thatcher Major Hague and Cameron together amount to an alternative history of Britain since the early nineteenth centuryThis landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics or anyone who has ever wondered how Britain came to be the nation it is tod. Good introductory history of the Conservative Party As with any book of this size and scope depth must be sacrificed nevertheless Harris is good at conveying the general feel of each era and at discussing the main incidents I personally felt as if Harris warmed up from the 50s onwards but this is perhaps understandable given his personal involvement the aftermath of this era Admittedly it may also be because I had just finished reading Andrew Roberts biography of Salisbury and took a while to adjust to the superficial treatment On the whole though a very enjoyable read perhaps time to invest in a hard copy

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Free read ✓ The Conservatives A History ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF The history of the Conservative party has extraordinarily rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader There are academic multi volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope But now Robin Harris Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and party insider has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tell. There is properly no history only biography so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson Robin Harris in The Conservatives A History has remained true to this dictum writing what is in effect a biography of the Conservative Party Thomas Carlyle would have approved inasmuch as it is an account of the great and not so great who have made their mark on one of the most remarkable and enduring political associations in history It s a commendable piece of work at once scholarly detached and polemically engaged written by a man who is better ualified than most for the task both as a historian and as a political insider The author of an elegant biography of the French statesman Talleyrand Dr Harris is a former Director of the Conservative Research Department during which time he acted as Margaret Thatcher s special adviser and speech writer He is presently writing a biography of the former Prime Minister to be published after her death It s a slippery beast the Conservative Party almost impossible to define in terms of a core philosophy anything beyond conservatism that is a reverence for established tradition and a suspicion of novelty Disraeli famously said that England does not love coalitions but the Tories themselves are a kind of coalition of different interests with the pattern shifting and changing over time The truly remarkable thing is that what began as an alliance of rural aristocrats ranged behind the crown ended as party of the urban middle classes from Bolingbroke to Thatcher in several remarkable steps The Tory Party is a chameleon it always has been paradoxically committed to the way things are yet capable of uite revolutionary adaptations unlike its great rival the Whigs once the strongest contenders for the future now cast well into the past This is not because it represents some noble and enduring principle no it s simply because it is a pragmatic force built for one thing and one thing alone to win electionsIn his introduction Harris uotes from the resignation letter of James Purnell a former Work and Pensions Secretary sent to Gordon Brown the then Prime Minister full of all sorts of risible and mawkish sentiments in reverence of the Labour Party We both love the Labour PartyWe know we owe it everything and it owes us nothing Harris comment on this is telling No Conservative politician at any stage of the party s history would have written such a letter No one has ever pretended to love the Conservative Party It is doubtful that even the most sentimental backbench MP would have claimed to owe the party everything Any serious Tory figure adopting such a pose would incur immediate ridicule The Conservative Party exists has always existed and can only exist to acuire and exercise power albeit on a particular set of terms It does not exist to be loved hated or even respected It is no better or worse than the people who combine to make it up It is an institution with a purpose not an organism with a soulHarris traces the origins of this institution with a purpose back to the great constitutional and religious struggles of the seventeenth century coming to a head in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 The Tories were the High Church Party the party of insiders which time and again adopted outsiders as mentors and guides Evolution and adaptation that s the key to a party that was Tory and then Conservative and then Unionist and then Conservative again The intellectual foundation of the modern party was laid irony of ironies by Edmund Burke an Irishman a Catholic sympathiser and a Whig Burke reacted against the horrors that followed in the wake of the French Revolution So too from the ministry of Pitt the Younger onwards did the Tories reacting against the forms of abstract thought and utopian politics that had brought it on But reacting did not invariably mean reaction it meant embracing change when change was unavoidable often turning it to conservative ends After all it was the Tories the High Church Party who introduced Catholic emancipation it was the Tories the Party of the Landed Interest who repealed the Corn Laws It was the Tories who began by opposing extensions to the franchise only to extend it right down to the urban working classes In Salisbury the pessimistic aristocrat who hated the idea of democracy they had a leader who created villa Conservatism making the party a home for the new middle classes a process from which so much electoral benefit was to be drawn in the course of the following century It was the Conservatives the religiously orthodox who were so brilliantly led by a converted Jew It was the Conservatives outwardly the most sexist of all parties who were to be the first to elect a woman as leader a woman who went on to become the country s most revolutionary Prime Minster Paradox hard upon irony hard upon paradox that s the story of the Tories Harris writes with such brilliant insight His is a story of personalities each shaping the party in their own image I ve long taken the view that Disraeli s vicious attacks on Sir Robert Peel after the repeal of the Corn Laws was born of ambition rather than principle but Harris persuasively argued that Peel had been a bad leader too remote from his party To make one major change of direction without consultation that over Catholic Emancipation is a misfortune to make a second one that over the Corn Laws looks like carelessness The comparison here is surely with Ted Heath another remote and ill omened leader The author has penetrating things to say about all of the party s leaders He s particularly good on Disraeli an organisational and political genius whose credentials as a reformer have been hugely exaggerated by posterity His overriding concern rather was for the monarchy the landed interest and national prestige His zeal was for the greatness of England as Salisbury his successor as party leader put it in a posthumous tribute Disraeli along with Salisbury the longest serving Tory Premier and Margaret Thatcher constitutes the author s triumvirate of greats a contention with which I have no argument Winston Churchill I also agree is a case sui generis a political maverick whose reputation was surely only saved by Hitler Party meant little to him even less in the context of his wartime Cabinet and on so many issues he was just as unsound as Lord Randolph his brilliant but mercurial father too full of greatness or a perception of greatness for his own good I also agree with his lows particularly his assessment of Harold Macmillan the grossly overrated Supermac whose irresponsible economic and social policies were to create a poisonous legacy for the party and the country Disraeli famously said of Peel that he caught the Whigs bathing and walked away with their clothes The same might be said of Macmillan only in his case the clothes were those of the Labour Party Harris writes of him By some definitions and by analogy with Disraeli he could just about count as a Tory But by no known definition was he philosophically speaking a conservative This through his legacy to the Conservative Party was a problem nor necessarily one that is extinctIndeed I love the author s style his liberal peppering of waspish and mordant wit Some barbs made me giggle particularly that delivered at Arthur Balfour who succeeded Salisbury his uncle as party leader and Prime Minister Balfour said that the Carlton Club one of the well springs of modern Conservatism was a beastly place infested with political bores Harris writes When Balfour or any other Conservative leader lost the bores he lost the party Similarly his verdict on Stanley Baldwin the inter war face of what I think of as Ostrich Conservatism is absolutely spot on Baldwin won huge majorities He just did not know what to do with them At a deeper level undoubtedly he reflected the mood of the times This in fact was the problem He reflected it too well In Baldwin the country got what it wanted and arguably to stray into disputed territory it got what it deserved But it did not get what it needed I wrote at the outset that The Conservatives is both a work of scholarly detachment and polemical engagement the polemical element becoming ever obvious as we move towards the present day The final chapter is headed Cameron s Party with a uestion mark that does not speak so much as shout History s judgement on David Cameron is indeed open is he Peel or is he Heath or is he still the heir to Blair We shall seeThe author is generally fair his brickbats are thrown elsewhere though I share his scepticism over the present modernising project over what John O Sullivan writing in the National Review and elsewhere describes as the Dianification of Toryism promoting all sorts of trendy causes that no ordinary Tory voter gives a damn about Conservatives will never win elections by pretending to be liberals The final paragraph of the final chapter simply soars Disraeli the Jewish outsider who championed traditional institutions Salisbury the fastidious aristocrat who won over the bourgeoisie and Thatcher the woman who crushed the unions the Argentinean Junta and most of the Cabinet and restored the economy to health are all in their different ways completely surprising It matters to the country that the Conservative Party should retain its capacity to produce surprises and so harness the eccentric distinctive ualities of British national greatness This is an entertaining engaging and lively book with so many highs That only makes the occasional lows all the irritating For example Henry Petty Fitzmaurice the fifth Maruis of Landsdowne who succeeded Salisbury as Foreign Secretary in 1900 hitherto he had held this post in conjunction with that of Prime Minister is never properly introduced with the result that the index presumably compiled by someone other than the author conflates him with his grandfather the third Maruis a leading Whig politician Similarly when Salisbury resigned from the premiership in July 1902 the author writes that the ueen took Salisbury s advice and asked his nephew Balfour to head the government Can this be Alexandra wife of Edward VII and ueen consort Edward was indisposed at the time ill in the aftermath of peritonitis so I suppose it might have been Alexandra though I wasn t aware that consorts had that constitutional authority It certainly can t be Victoria the only other ueen referred to up to this point who died over a year beforeOnce again this is me reading with the eye of an academic ever attentive to detail no matter how petty Set against the overall value of a book that is bound to serve as a standard modern introduction to the history of the Conservative Party it s of little substance mole hills beside a mountain

  • Hardcover
  • 640
  • The Conservatives A History
  • Robin Harris
  • English
  • 20 February 2018
  • 9780593065112