Reasons (or Excuses?) for Failure
Chapter 4 considers what lessons the Conservative Party drew from its resounding election defeat in March 1966, and how they affected its attitude to the construction of policies which would be convincingly distinguishable from those recently rejected by the electorate. Did the defeat, and how the election had been fought, raise doubts about Edward Heath’s suitability as leader? And was his single-minded insistence on formulating detailed, free-standing policies in all the main policy areas obscuring the lack of a compelling philosophical thread linking them together as something recognisably Conservative?