The Strange Death of Tory England Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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'Thoroughly enjoyable...we get all the gossip: the bitterness, rancour and contumely, and there are several smoking guns -- Rod Liddle, Sunday Times
A rattling good read -- Spectator
Every page of this book is a firework party, full of great sparks and explosions' -- Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
Immensely readable and sardonic one puts the book down chuckling, as well as feeling wiser -- Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman
Rarely has a wake proved so much fun' -- Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Acclaimed as one of the funniest political books in years, this is the story of the rise, fall and likely extinction of what was the most successful political species in Britain. Drawing on years of first-hand encounters with the architects of the Tories changing fortunes (from spirited exchanges with Thatcher to almost unprintable asides from Alan Clark) Geoffrey Wheatcrofts acerbically funny and brilliantly indiscreet insiders account shows how the unstoppable became unelectable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The tale is told by a canter through Tory party history; although the book was completed prior to Tony Blair's historic third Labour Party win in May 2005, the writing is clearly on the wall. Wheatcroft ably describes the twists and turns of policy and personalities in recent British history and his evocation of ideas and individuals, often with a few carefully chosen sentences, is superb. He (correctly in my view) identifies and dissects the reasons for the fall of the Tory party - disunity, the stealing of Thatcherism's thunder by Tony Blair and above all a total change in social outlook and mores to which point a recent Daily Telegraph correspondent could state 'we are all social democrats now'.
And the tale is told with admirable clarity and a wonderful acerbic humour. Here is Geoffrey on the Referendum Party - 'in many ways it was a risible affair, noisily supported at one glitzy gathering after another by such notabilities as...and altogether a fine cross-section of rich white trash; there has been nothing like it since the flapper in 'Vile Bodies' complained, 'The Independent Labour Party? Why haven't I been asked?'.Read more ›
The attack on the Fogey Right and their obsession with Europe is particularly vehement, and fair. This section of the party which seems to have been in control for some time has repelled more voters than it has attracted, and for the forseeable future, this is something that does not look like it will be remedied. The author's lament of the fall of the old patrician spirit of the Tory party is just, and in many ways, is also the root of the problem. His demonstrates this well through examining the history of the Tory party. Truthfully, the party today appears to be in a wilderness similar in form to that it sruggled under against the power of the Whig party in the 18th century.
However, some of his analysis of some issues seems too one-sided, and his Conservative views overcome his judgement. This is lacking particularly in his section outlining the problems the Tory party had in The Troubles, in Scotland, the anti-Thatcher crusade of the 'intellectual left' and much of his narrative on Thatcher and her acheivements. With regards The Troubles, he rightly condemns Seinn Fein, but leaves it at that. He doesn't really expand on the problems the unionists created, or the frequently good causes fought by moderate elements such as the SDLP. He also fails to condemn Thatcher's policy of fighting fire with fire against the IRA.Read more ›