The Conservatives are back--but how did they do it and what took them so long? What happened between the party's decision to dump one of the world's most iconic leaders, Margaret Thatcher, and the arrival in office of David Cameron at the head of the UK's new coalition government? Has Britain's prime minister really changed his party as much as he claims? Are they devotees of the Big Society or just the 'same old Tories', keen on cuts and obsessively Eurosceptic?
The answers, as this accessible and gripping book shows, are as intriguing and provocative as the questions. Based on in-depth research and interviews with the key players, Tim Bale explains why the Tories got themselves into so much trouble in the first place and how they were finally able to get things back on track. In the new paperback version, he also explores their inability to win an outright victory at the 2010 election and looks at their decision to share power with the Liberal Democrats. The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand what makes the Tories tick. And it contains valuable lessons about what to do--and what not to do--for their Labour opponents -- From back cover
Solving the puzzle : an introduction -- Losing the plot : Thatcher to Major, 1989-1997 -- Tactics over strategy : William Hague, 1997-2001 -- 'Simply not up to it' : Iain Duncan Smith, 2001-2003 -- Like moths to a flame : Michael Howard, 2003-2005 -- 'Cometh the hour, cometh the Dave' : the long leadership contest, May-December 2005 -- 'The politics of and' : David Cameron, 2005- -- Getting the message : a conclusion
Conservative Party (Great Britain) -- History
Political party organization -- Great Britain
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1997-2007