Past wisdom

Posted by Helen Saturday, August 26, 2006

For various reasons Tory Historian is not a great fan of Stanley Baldwin (possibly that attitude has grown out of a long-held conviction that Lord Curzon ought to have become Prime Minister in 1923).

All the same, one must give credit where it is due and this is an excellent summary of what ought to be the mainspring of conservative political thinking:

"A government is not in power, it is in office, put there by the will of the people."
Let us remember this every time some pipsqueak of a politician blathers on about the difficulties he or she faces in "running the country".

2 comments

  1. John Barnes Says:
  2. As Philip Williamson has shown in some detail, there is much in Baldwin's reflective statements on the conduct of Government and democatic politics that wears well. Unlike Tory Historian, I rate Baldwin, and in the face of another rather opportunist short-term Prime Minister (Harold Wilson) offered a reflective piece in 1969 to a now defunct Conservative Journal, Solon. The full text is available on my own website (barneshistorian.com), but the reasons why he broke with the Lloyd George Coalition in 1922 seem particularly apt today.

     
  3. I am putting up a link to your website John.

     
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