By D. Leonard
Throughout the process the 20 th century, nineteen males and one woman--from the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair--have occupied the put up of major Minister of the uk. In a sequence of biographical essays, Dick Leonard, a number one political journalist and previous MP, recounts the conditions that took them to the head 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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Chamberlain’s advocacy of tariff reform was resisted by a no less determined group within the Cabinet, who strongly believed in the virtues of free trade. T. Ritchie, and the veteran Duke of Devonshire, who as Lord Arthur James Balfour 31 Hartington had defected from the Liberal Party with the great majority of the Whig faction two decades earlier. Chamberlain had succeeded in converting a large section of the Tory Party to his views, and neither he – nor his free trade opponents – were in any mood to compromise.
S view was that the war could and should have been avoided, and he blamed Chamberlain for playing a dangerous game of bluff with President Kruger, despatching sufficient extra troops to South Africa to provoke the Boers but not sufficient to ensure victory in the event of hostilities. Once the war broke out, he was in favour of prosecuting it to a successful conclusion, but not in a vindictive manner, and of holding out to the Boers the prospect of reconciliation and an early return to self-government for the two Boer republics.
B. campaigned unceasingly against the government’s demands for unconditional surrender and in favour of promising the Boers an early return to self-government. He was shocked to the core when a charity worker who had visited the camps, Miss Emily Hobhouse, gave him a first-hand account.
A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair by D. Leonard