Between Balfour and Baldwin 1911–1923

Part of the Problems in Focus Series book series (PFS)


Like the poet the Conservative party communicates before it is understood. The intelligibility which Conservative politicians achieve is less likely to be found in stated intentions than in their conduct in office. Characteristically their tasks are those of discarding possible worlds, familiarising forgotten virtues, gathering in what has been scattered and selectively renewing worn-out initiatives. Coherence may be impaired by this reluctance to be programmatic, but it is on this diffidence that Conservative claims to integrity will rest and turn.


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© Norman Gash, J. H. Grainger, Alfred M. Gollin, Donald Southgate, J. T. Ward 1974

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