The Prime Minister

Whether the final result is a minority government or one with a tiny majority, the leaders of the political parties of whatever hue could benefit from a perusal of Trollope’s book The Prime Minister in which the unhappy Plantagenet Palliser is forced to assume the leadership of his party (the Liberals, as it happens) and endeavour to form a coalition government with the Conservatives following the defeat of the incumbent administration.  It was not a happy experience for Palliser, who found the dependence on maintaining good relations with so many people uncomfortable.  He would rather have focussed on policy. A lesson there for today’s generation of politicians, I think.

Of course, Palliser’s obsession with his pet policy, the introduction of decimal currency, was proved right in the (very) long term so perhaps his focus was correct after all?


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