By Kevin Hickson, Mark Garnett
This publication outlines and evaluates the political considered the Conservative social gathering via an in depth exam of its imperative thinkers from Harold Macmillan to the present.
Traditionally, the Conservative occasion has been considered as a vote-gathering laptop instead of a automobile for concepts. This ebook redresses the stability via a sequence of biographical essays studying the concept of these who've contributed such a lot to the advance of rules in the occasion. The chapters take advantage of archival examine and interviews with major Conservatives. the new revival of Conservative fortunes makes the e-book quite timely.
The publication starts off with an introductory bankruptcy explaining the function of ideology within the Conservative social gathering. It then lines the political considered the Conservative social gathering via its important theorists because the Nineteen Thirties. those are Harold Macmillan, R. A. Butler, Quintin Hogg, Enoch Powell, Angus Maude, Keith Joseph, the ‘traditionalists’ (Maurice Cowling, T. E. ‘Peter’ Utley, Peregrine Worsthorne, Shirley Letwin and Roger Scruton), Ian Gilmour, John Redwood and David Willetts. The ebook concludes with an total evaluation of the political considered the Conservative get together and the relevance of prior debates for modern Conservatism.
The e-book could be of substantial curiosity to lecturers and non-academics alike; when you have a unique curiosity within the Conservative celebration but in addition for any pupil of up to date British Politics.
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The blame for the latter defect could hardly be pinned on Butler, who had been trying to combine his policy-making role with departmental duties and had warned in advance that electoral preparations were inadequate. 11 In fact events favoured him because the landslide Labour victory ‘shook the Conservative Party out of its legacy and impelled it to re-think its philosophy and re-form its ranks with a thoroughness unmatched for a century’. Quintin Hogg reflected this mood when he told Butler that the party needed ‘a new Tamworth Manifesto’ in the wake of the 1945 defeat.
The Charter was produced by a heavyweight committee, including Oliver Stanley, Oliver Lyttleton and Harold Macmillan. Butler chaired the group, although some of his colleagues were technically senior to him. Years later he reflected that the committee had ‘worked both harmoniously and at a steady pace’. He accepted that ‘a great deal of the intellectual background’ to the Charter was provided by Macmillan, whose economic ideas as expressed in The Middle Way Butler had ‘admired, for the most part’.
This was careful to avoid talk of ‘planning’, stating ‘that Government should have powers by which it can influence and encourage industry and protect the public interest’. There was a distant echo of The Middle Way in the assertion that government should concentrate its active support on industries which could not succeed unaided. ’24 Circumstances had changed since 1947, and the Conservatives were being assisted in electoral terms by the gradual dissipation of the mood which had swept Labour into power.
Conservative Thinkers by Kevin Hickson, Mark Garnett