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By D. Leonard

ISBN-10: 0230511503

ISBN-13: 9780230511507

ISBN-10: 0333918398

ISBN-13: 9780333918395

In the course of the process the 20 th century, nineteen males and one woman--from the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair--have occupied the publish of best Minister of the uk. In a chain of biographical essays, Dick Leonard, a number one political journalist and previous MP, recounts the situations that took them to the pinnacle of ''the greasy pole'', probes their own and political strengths and weaknesses, assesses their functionality within the most sensible place of work and asks what lasting impression they've got had.

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Could his arm be twisted? And there was John Morley, the former deputy leader, who had somewhat hastily bracketed his own resignation with that of Harcourt, and now showed signs of regretting it. , it was thought, and there was general consternation when Tweedmouth reported back that he had accepted the offer. B. became the leader of his party. 287–8). B. was genuinely intended, it is apparent that his appointment was originally seen only as a stopgap measure in the expectation that the 46-year-old Asquith would inevitably succeed him within a very short period.

10). When he was 26, his Uncle Robert came to his rescue, suggesting a political career. He provided him with a safe seat, close to his Hatfield estate, and Balfour was elected unopposed for Hertford in the 1874 election, which led to the formation of Disraeli’s government. Balfour was in no hurry to make his mark, waiting for two years before making his maiden speech, and remained a fairly obscure backbencher until 1878 when Salisbury again gave him a push up, taking him with him to the Congress of Berlin as his private secretary, an invaluable experience for a (much) later Foreign Secretary.

He grew up as a wonderfully tolerant man, with an exceptionally open mind, a lively curiosity and a wide range of interests, but also prone to self-indulgence and a marked inability or unwillingness to commit himself. This was very evident in his personal life. Balfour remained unmarried, the only bachelor Prime Minister of the twentieth century apart from Edward Heath. There is absolutely no evidence that he was homosexual, despite his acquiring the nickname of ‘Pretty Fanny’ at Cambridge, because of the alleged effeminacy of his artistic tastes.

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