This is the day that all conservatives in the Anglosphere, with a small or large c, celebrate, even if they do not approve of everything the great Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Beaconsfield did. April 19, the anniversary of his death, was for a long time celebrated as Primrose Day, that being, allegedly, his favourite flower.

Out of that grew the Primrose League, the country's first popular political movement and the first political organization in which women played an important role. It is time to reconsider all these matters and, perhaps, revive and rethink those ideas and discussions. That would make a splendid change from the present election campaign.

Happy Primrose Day to all.


  1. As I await Fred Siegel’s Revolt Against the Masses via the post, I have been viewing many of his YouTube lectures; his appearances at AEI and Heritage are particularly good. (Scroll down for his luncheon at the Manhattan Institute.)

    Siegel’s argument (in brief) is that an American liberal intellectual √©lite despises the American general public and works the political system for its own ends. For conservatives, no surprises on this score. (Siegel’s insight is that there is a ‘liberal’ temporal break between the egalitarianism of Wilson’s progressivism and FDR’s New Deal, a liberalism that was revived after the failure of LBJ’s Great Society.)

    When these liberals stand up for the middle class, they only identify with public sector union members. (There are many echoes of Siegel’s thought with Public Choice economics.)

    Anyway, listening to Siegel reminded me of the Primrose League and various attempts in politics to protect the individual rights and liberties of all the people against, amongst other aberrations, crony capitalism. In the United States, the rise of the Tea Party is only the most recent example.

    No doubt many will agree that UK politics is touched by corruption, too (I’m being diplomatic). May not a renewed Primrose League along Tea Party lines of rule of law and individual freedom be a plausible response?

  2. Helen Says:
  3. There is a certain amount of corruption in all politics, even the least corrupt. Whether the Primrose League can be revived is questionable but some of its ideas like the idea of property-owning democracy, also a Conservative one, do turn up again and again. We need to build on them and not let this heritage be frittered away.

  4. Hear, hear!


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