A Troubled Opposition

  • David Butler
  • Michael Pinto-Duschinsky


Considering the many difficulties confronting Labour, it is easy to suppose that the years out of office were simple for the Conservatives. This is far from the case. They were uncertain and troubled. Internal strains were never absent and it required wise party management to prevent them from developing into seriously damaging quarrels.


Industrial Relation Policy Group Labour Party Conservative Government Income Policy 
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  1. 1.
    Harold Nicolson Diaries and Letters, Vol. IV (Collins, 1968).Google Scholar
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    Mr. Heath’s leadership is considered in three articles by Ian Trethowan in The Times (July 22, 23, 24, 1968).Google Scholar
  3. See also an interview with Mr. Heath by David Butler, Listener, July 20 and 27, 1967).Google Scholar
  4. Interesting articles on Conservative policy-making in opposition include David Watt, Financial Times, October 20, 1967, an anonymous article ‘Tories still searching for some new clothes’, The Times, June 11, 1968.Google Scholar
  5. Peter Jenkins ‘It’s only make believe’ and ‘The real right road’, Guardian, February 3 and 20, 1970.Google Scholar
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    See Verbatim Report of an Economic Seminar (Old Queen Street Paper 2, Conservative Research Department, 1967). See also S. Brittan, Left or Right: the bogus dilemma, pp. 124–5 (Secker & Warburg, 1968) and his ‘Thoughts on the Conservative Opposition’, Political Quarterly, April/June 1968.Google Scholar
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    See David Watt ‘The Tories want more whizz kids in Whitehall’, the Financial Times, November 4, 1969.Google Scholar
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  10. Robert Jones, ‘Towards a businesslike government’, The Times, August 3, 1970.Google Scholar
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    Colin Jones and David Watt, ‘The object is a middle-income society, with more aid for [the] poor’, the Financial Times, March 17, 1970.Google Scholar
  12. Other useful articles on Sir Keith Joseph’s speeches are by Maurice Corina, ‘ Setting Industry Free’, The Times, March 9, 1970.Google Scholar
  13. Nicholas Faith, ‘The 20 steps to civilised capitalism’, the Sunday Times, March 8, 1970, One of the fullest published accounts of Conservative tax proposals is ‘The Tory way with taxes’, Economist, June 13, 1970.Google Scholar

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© David Butler and Michael Pinto-Duschinsky 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Michael Pinto-Duschinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Pembroke CollegeOxfordUK

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