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By David Butler

Since 1945 the Nuffield sequence of election histories became an necessary a part of the political scene. the newest paintings follows culture in supplying an authoritative account of the 1992 election. The ancient historical past, the social gathering arrangements, the nationwide and native campaigns, the polls, the media insurance and the consequences are completely stated and analysed. This ebook deals a finished list and overview of a landmark in British history.

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Further troubles followed the demotion in July 1989 of Sir Geoffrey Howe from the Foreign Office to the Leadership of the House of Commons, as well as Nigel Lawson's sensational resignation from the Treasury in October 1989, and the reluctant resignation in July 1990 of Nicholas Ridley (after his expression of anti-German and anti-EC views in a Spectator interview). The final straw was Sir Geoffrey's decision on 1 November 1990 to leave the govemment, which precipitated the exit of Mrs Thatcher herself three weeks later.

Colleagues welcomed Mr Major's early call for 'a country at ease with itself ' and compared him with Stanley Baldwin and that leader's efforts to restore harmony between the classes after the 1926 General Strike. Mrs Thatcher, for one, was not too happy with the comparison. As some historians regretted the wasted opportunities A Changed Scene: 1987-1992 19 in foreign and economic policy in the inter-war years after the fall of Lloyd George, so it was rumoured that Mrs Thatcher doubted that her inheritance was safe in her successor's hands.

But Major was a very different personality and, in terms of party management and electoral appeal, it paid dividends to emphasise the difference. The election of a new leader demanded a new game plan. His dec1ared ambitions to make Britain 'a country at ease with itself' and to keep Britain 'at the very heart of Europe' struck a different note from his predecessor. His differences from Mrs Thatcher may have been more symbolic than substantive but voters distinguished hirn from her. Mrs Thatcher once told a speechwriter 30 The British General Election 0/1992 that she did not know what 'One Nation' meant.

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