Western Goals (UK)

[…] More recently it has become clearer that the radical right in Britain was, at best, an ‘anti wet’ alliance between authoritarian/ nationalist and libertarian/radical traditions within the Conservative Party, (1) united by their opposition to the dominant, mainstream tradition within the Conservative Party. Once Thatcher’s position as party leader and then as Prime Minister, […]

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We The Nation: The Conservative Party and the Pursuit of Power

A. J. Davies Little Brown and Co London, 1995, £20 Davies provides in equal measure a perceptive and comprehensive account of the modern Conservative Party which, hopefully, will lead to further reappraisals of Conservative history. In contrast to, for example, Lord Blake’s standard history of the Party over much the same period, We, The […]

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The New European Order – judges, modernising conservatives and Tony Blair

[…] as part of the culture of corruption, yet George W. Bush is the patron of aggressive international neo-conservatism. Similarly, investigating judges lead on the attack on prominent conservative leaders’ alleged flirtations with corruption – both Berlusconi and Chirac are regularly targeted. The former leads a coalition that includes the Catholic social Right. Neo-conservative political […]

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Mrs Thatcher, North Sea oil and the hegemony of the City

[…] the Guardian or the Observer, and knew a little, simple economics, it didn’t take genius to notice that while the UK’s manufacturing economy was being decimated by Conservative Party economic policy, the City of London was booming. More interestingly, and less frequently commented on, the UK economy as a whole was becoming self-sufficient in […]

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A Who’s Who of Appeasers, 1939-41

[…] Stokes). Buckmaster, Lord Owen Stanley Buckmaster, b. 1890. Committee of the London Stock Exchange. Advocate of negotiated peace. Club: United University. (Stokes) Butler, R.A., M.P., b. 1902. Conservative M.P. after 1929. Junior Minister 1932-38. Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1938-41. Supporter of appeasement, worked for negotiated peace 1939-41. Club: Carlton; Farmers’; Buck’s; […]

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Beyond The Da Vinci Code’

[…] the operations of a few die-hard anti-communist clericals in the immediate aftermath of world war are really only a footnote to the mayhem of the time. Most conservative Catholics were absolutely horrified by the revelations of atrocity that appeared soon after the War and were equally determined to share, with liberals and Jews, a […]

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Kiss me on the apocalypse!

[…] funding from his brother James. James Goldsmith was also active in British party politics, supporting the manifesto that was discussed and adopted by Edward Heath and the Conservative Shadow Cabinet at their meeting in Selsdon Park in early 1970. This marked (at the time) a strong shift to the right and a significant move […]

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Spinning the European Union: pro-European propaganda campaigns in the British media

[…] from ‘partial engagement’, participation in a British-determined integration process, to ‘significant engagement’, participation as determined by the original members, and ultimately to a decision by Harold Macmillan’s Conservative Government to opt for membership. Having made the decision, Macmillan set about swinging the Conservative Party and the Commonwealth behind it. Between the autumn of 1961 […]

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Back to the future: the 1970s reconsidered

[…] a ‘dash for growth’, but an attempt to rejig British capitalism in preparation for EEC entry. This was not widely understood at the time, even in the Conservative Party. Norman Tebbitt, for example, writing in the mid-1980s, looked back on the Heath ‘U-turn’ from the free market emphasis of Selsdon Man and saw ‘a […]

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Pissing in or pissing out? The ‘big tent’ of Green Alliance

[…] power and Labour into opposition. With the skids already under the Callaghan government this was a reasonably heavy blow to strike. A year later one of the Conservative gains in the 1979 general election was Fulham, a seat Labour might have held had they retained control of the local council. (24) Green Alliance launched […]

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