The Unsolved Mystery of the Money Tree

Anthony Howard

  • In My Own Time: Reminiscences of a Liberal Leader by Jeremy Thorpe
    Politico’s, 234 pp, £18.00, April 1999, ISBN 1 902301 21 8

Jeremy Thorpe has long been the non-person of modern British politics. Never mind that 25 years ago he attained for the then stand-alone Liberal Party more votes (over six million) than Paddy Ashdown achieved for the by now merged Liberal Democrats (five and a quarter million) at the last general election. Discretion, if not sheer political cowardice, decreed that his faintly saturnine presence should be air-brushed out of any contemporary history of Britain’s third party. The man who at one moment seemed set to inherit the mantle of Lloyd George became instead a kind of gruesome ghost haunting any Liberal feast.

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[*] SCM, 336 pp., £19.95, 1 December 1998, 0 3340 2745 4.