Commentary (The Times)

Conservative Party: "The Troubled Ranks of Tuscany" (leader on Changing Gear ) [party in "the early stages of demoralisation"]

Document type: Press
Source: The Times , 9 Oct 1981 (p13)
Editorial comments: The curious title of the leader refers in part to lines from Macaulay's Horatius at the Bridge , once known by every schoolboy: "All Rome sent forth a rapturous cry/And even the ranks of Tuscany/Could scarce forbear to cheer". But it is also a dig at the preferred holiday destination of the Blue Chips, and perhaps that of Ian Gilmour who owned a fine Tuscan villa just north of Lucca.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 1p
Themes: Conservatism, Economic policy - theory and process, Monetary policy, Public spending & borrowing