José Harris, 23 April 1987
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Collins, 204 pp., £12.95, March 1987, 9780002175869Show More
Rab: The Life of R.A. Butler by Anthony Howard.
Cape, 422 pp., £15, March 1987, 0 224 01862 0Show More
The Political Culture of Modern Britain: Studies in Memory of Stephen Koss edited by J.M.W. Bean.
Hamish Hamilton, 306 pp., £15, January 1987, 0 241 12026 8Show More
“... No political transformation of the past hundred years has been more profound and far-reaching than the change in the canons by which British statesmen are judged. In the late 19th century it was almost universally regarded as a test of political virtue that a politician did not make promises; he did not have a programme, he did not make deals with foreign powers, he abstained from all but the barest minimum of policy-formation and legislative change ...”