Alan Beith: A View from the North by Alan Beith PDF

By Alan Beith

ISBN-10: 1904794270

ISBN-13: 9781904794271

Today’s MPs are usually regarded as trapped in a London-centred view of existence and to lack any “hinterland” of existence past politics, and any primary ideals, yet this e-book appears at political existence from a northern standpoint. beginning within the Manchester sector and following the author's 35 years as MP for England’s northernmost constituency and a number one determine within the Liberal Democrats, the ebook conceal key levels within the party’s progress, together with the Nineteen Seventies Lib-Lab pact and Paddy Ashdown’s management, in addition to what the philosophy of Liberalism is all approximately. His reports overseeing Britain’s intelligence and defense providers over greater than a decade are awarded and the necessity to make parliament greater is printed.

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Litt. thesis several years later. The paper is still going, 50 years on. I left school with most of my friends bound for university. One, who was a very good violinist, was not: he left school at 18 and went straight into the bank, a fate which teachers warned would be ours if we did not work harder. While we became lecturers, vicars, museum curators and headmasters, he applied himself very effectively and ably and became the Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB. Peter Ellwood probably earned more than the rest of us put together.

Despite the pressures, I was fortunate to have a group of extremely able colleagues, including the late Ben Pimlott, then working on Hugh Dalton but more recently better known for his biography of the Queen. Our neighbours in the Philosophy department (since sadly closed down) included Mike Brearley: I remember a lunch-time discussion in which he was weighing the advantages and disadvantages of switching to full-time cricket by taking on the Middlesex captaincy, and I was clear in my mind that, if he did, it would eventually be country as well as county he would lead at Lord’s.

Reading French writings both about the persecution of the Huguenots and about the Revolution generated a conviction that societies need tolerance, and they need the capacity to achieve peaceful change. Violent revolution often merely transfers brutal authority from one group to another. But could not Liberalism be pursued without attempting to revive a political party which at that time seemed in danger of becoming extinct? Why not join another party? The Conservatives, as well as seeming socially distant, a party led by those from the most privileged backgrounds, were pursuing a severely authoritarian colonial policy in Kenya and Malawi (then Nyasaland) and failing to challenge apartheid in South Africa.

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