Conservative Thinkers by Kevin Hickson, Mark Garnett

By Kevin Hickson, Mark Garnett

This publication outlines and evaluates the political considered the Conservative social gathering via a close exam of its valuable thinkers from Harold Macmillan to the present.

Traditionally, the Conservative social gathering has been considered as a vote-gathering laptop instead of a automobile for concepts. This e-book redresses the stability via a chain of biographical essays interpreting the idea of these who've contributed so much to the improvement of principles in the occasion. The chapters take advantage of archival examine and interviews with prime Conservatives. the hot revival of Conservative fortunes makes the booklet relatively timely.

The ebook starts with an introductory bankruptcy explaining the position of ideology within the Conservative social gathering. It then strains the political considered the Conservative social gathering via its critical 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 booklet concludes with an total evaluate of the political considered the Conservative occasion and the relevance of earlier debates for modern Conservatism.

The ebook can be of substantial curiosity to teachers and non-academics alike; should you have a unique curiosity within the Conservative occasion but additionally for any pupil of latest British Politics.

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However, one pledge included in The Industrial Charter was non-negotiable. 27 One Nation The 1950 General Election marked a significant comeback by the Conservatives, but Labour was still in office. After the election a small group of newly-elected Conservative MPs began to meet and discuss the shortcomings of their party in Opposition. The main focus of their disapproval was the Conservative ­approach to the social services, and they soon agreed to produce an edited book setting out their own views.

34. 18 S. ), Parliament and Politics in the Age of Churchill and Attlee: The Headlam Diaries 1935–1951 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999), p. 523. 19 Butler, Art of the Possible, p. 146. 37 conservative thinkers 20 Hoffman, The Conservative Party in Opposition, p. 165. 21 R. A. Butler Talks With You About the Industrial Charter (CPC, London, 1947). 22 J. Ramsden, The Making of Conservative Party Policy: The Conservative Research Department Since 1929 (Longman, London, 1980), p. 113. 23 The Right Road for Britain (Conservative Central Office, London, 1949), p.

Hoffman, The Conservative Party in Opposition 1945–51 (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1964), p. 208. 7 R. A. Butler, The Art of the Possible (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1971), p. 90. 8 M. Garnett, Alport: A Study in Loyalty (Acumen, London, 1999), p. 55. 9 A. Maude, ‘An Educated Electorate’, in Tradition and Change: Nine Oxford Lectures (CPC, London, 1954), p. 83. 10 Butler diary, 9 September 1943, quoted in G. McCulloch, Educational Reconstruction: The 1944 Education Act and the Twenty-first Century (Woburn Press, London, 1994), p.

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