Betrayal: 1970–1974

Tim Bale

in The Conservatives since 1945: The Drivers of Party Change

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199234370
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746093 | DOI:
Betrayal: 1970–1974

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Although there was no change in the Party’s public face, some important organisational developments were mooted. Not all came to fruition – and none attracted much attention from the leadership. But even those changes which did occur (one of them so profound that it effectively prevented the Party from clinging to office after a narrow election defeat) – paled in comparison to the huge shifts in policy which occurred on almost every front imaginable. Most (though not all) of these u-turns and broken promises were driven by an exceptionally influential, even presidential leader and the dominant faction of pragmatists that formed around him. Again, though, policy change in particular was driven, too, by electoral concerns, the pressure of events and international considerations, as well as by linkages between issues in different areas that ultimately could not be dealt with in isolation.

Keywords: Heath; u-turn; corporatism; trade unions; prices and incomes policy; pound sterling; inflation; unemployment; nationalisation; Ugandan Asians

Chapter.  16692 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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