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Collapse Of Stout Party: Decline and Fall of the Tories Hardcover – 9 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (9 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575062770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575062771
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,614,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Julian Critchley served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for 31 years, retiring from the House of Commons in 1997. He has written many books including, A Bag of Boiled Sweets, his political autobiography. Morrison Halcrow, author of A Single Mind about Keith Joseph, was chief assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph from 1979to 1986.

Based on a diary kept by Julian Critchley, Collapse of Stout Party charts the path of the Conservative Party since Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street in 1990. This highly entertaining book follows John Major and the Tory Party from their victory in 1992 to their resounding defeat of 1997. Critchley and Halcrow provide a witty and sometimes disbelieving account of this debacle and the hasty election which followed of William Hague as leader. Critchley goes on to predict a further defeat in 2002 based upon Tony Blair's success and Hague's first year in opposition. He argues that this defeat will only be underlined should proportional representation be introduced. With Collapse of Stout Party,Critchley lives up to his reputation as one of the most entertaining political writers of recent times. --Pat Naylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Tories are back! If the memory of John Major's government is now faded (or entirely before your time), this cheerfully sardonic book gives you the 20th century history of the Tories from their assault on the Liberal party in the 1920s right through to the fag-end of Majorism in 1997. If you are wondering why David Cameron was so willing to do a deal with Nick Clegg, a consideration of this book will give many of the answers: much of his carefully designed coalition was exactly to avoid the situation in which Major found himself, wrestling with an intractable party which was stuck in its own past and unable to recognise that its internal divisions were the main cause of its woes.

As a non-Tory, almost all of this book was new to me when I first read it. I confess I did read it very much in the frame of 'know your enemy'. Nonetheless, it gave me insights I had not encountered elsewhere, and a key to understanding the failure (successively) of Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard to gain traction with the electorate, and, indeed, to survive beyond the first signs of their own weakness.

An incisive and educating read, even though it finishes in 1997.
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