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The British Liberal Tradition: From Gladstone to Young Churchill, Asquith, and Lloyd George - is Blair Their Heir? (Senator Keith Davey lectures) Paperback – 28 Jul 2001
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Lord Roy Jenkins, Baron of Pontypool in the County of Gwent, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford, England.
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The book will, however, be chiefly noted for the great contemporary question it poses. Is Blair the inheritor of the (Gladstonian) liberal tradition, Jenkins asks. The book doesn't quite address the question directly - but it does consider (briefly and with little evidence) the claim that the present UK Prime Minister is 'liberal' in instinct and conviction. Jenkins concludes, warily, that Blair is a supporter of the liberal project and his own close contact with Blair as advisor and confidante for many years suggests his conclusion is as much a private wish as a first hand report. However at several points in these pages Jenkins indicates that, while the instinct and judgement may be liberal, the party apparatus and Labour's position on PR prevent the political realignment around these values leading to a reformation of the centre-left in British politics. These pages are often bright and funny in places - which must have cheered his Toronto audience - but the serious and contemporary intent of the book is never far away.
More of a pamphlet than a book.
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