Party organisation has special problems for a party in government. For the Conservatives these were ironically compounded by the comprehensive nature of their victory in 1983. The party could anticipate another four or five years in office and by 1987 would have been continuously in government for eight years. The leadership almost inevitably thought more in governmental than electoral terms. In addition some of the major achievements of the government — notably trade union reform and low inflation — were seen as achievements for the first rather than the second administration.
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