Decline and Fall II

  • Eric Caines


The disasters which befell the 1970–74 Heath government are traced in summary outline in order to highlight the challenges created for the subsequent Opposition after Margaret Thatcher became leader in 1975. Chapter 6 therefore concentrates on examining Edward Heath’s reaction to the dilemmas presented at various stages during his administration. Were the mistakes made due to a collective failure to anticipate events, driven in large part by outside influences and/or disruptive forces, or did they reflect an insoluble confusion in Heath’s own thinking about the nature of Conservatism at a time of underlying change?

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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