Conservative Troubles

  • David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh


‘Bad luck will be engraved on our tombstone’ was the anticipatory verdict of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, two days after John Major announced the date of the 1997 general election. Kenneth Clarke was recalling how John Major’s personal mandate on 9 April 1992 had been wasted; for virtually the whole parliament the Conservative government had been on the defensive.


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© David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Dennis Kavanagh
    • 2
  1. 1.OxfordUK
  2. 2.University of LiverpoolUK

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