By D. Leonard
Through the process the 20 th century, nineteen males and one woman--from the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair--have occupied the submit 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 head of ''the greasy pole'', probes their own and political strengths and weaknesses, assesses their functionality within the most sensible workplace and asks what lasting impact they've got had.
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They felt particularly committed to Lord Milner, the High Commissioner in South Africa (and a former Radical) who was the leading advocate of a fight to the finish with the Boers, with an insistence on unconditional surrender. On the left wing of the Liberal Party were the so-called pro-Boers. These included Harcourt and Morley, and especially the young David Lloyd George, who braved severe public hostility and press vilification for their opposition to the war. ’s own position was supported by the more thoughtful of his senior colleagues, and almost certainly by the bulk of Liberal activists, most of the more prominent and colourful figures had allied themselves with the two more extremist wings.
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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.
A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair by D. Leonard