Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar

Posted by Tory Historian Monday, September 24, 2007

Sadly, we all seem to be writing far too many obituaries these days. The old generation is going. Tory Historian, on the whole, is not in particular sympathy with Lord Gilmour’s “wet” politics, while recognizing that his rather paternalistic “one nation conservatism” does have a serious historical background and a following in the party.

In fact, one might say that a good many of those wet policies are now the policies of the Conservative leadership, though we have yet to see how attractive the electorate will find them.

Having read the excellent and exhaustive obituary in the Daily Telegraph, with an excellent photograph that conveys the man’s personality in one shot, Tory Historian is left with something of a puzzle.

What exactly motivated Sir Ian Gilmour, later Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar? Was it noblesse oblige? Was it a feeling of distaste for the commonness of the new Conservative Party with people like Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit in charge? Surely not.

How is it that he managed to find himself on the wrong side in every debate, except one? For some incomprehensible reason he was quite tough in Cold War politics, while you would expect him to try to find compromises and see good things in the Soviet leadership. But he did not and that is greatly to his honour. Not much else is.

1 Responses to Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar

  1. edmund Says:
  2. i think the answer was tha the reason he was a conservative came down to a) social background and an unbenidng anti-communism which meant both that he was sound on the Cold warand very supsics of any of the even marganlzed soviet and trotskyist sympthisers in Labour.

    so in other words it's precisly because he was anti-communist that he was a tory. It's like Us republicans who are left of cwenter today save on abortion (or iraq/ war on terrror) ect

     
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