A History of Political Thought: From the Middle Ages to the by Janet Coleman

By Janet Coleman

This quantity keeps the tale of ecu political theorising through targeting medieval and Renaissance thinkers. It contains huge dialogue of the practices that underpinned medieval political theories and which endured to play an important roles within the eventual improvement of early-modern political associations and debates. the writer moves a stability among attempting to comprehend the philosophical cogency of medieval and Renaissance arguments at the one hand, elucidating why historically-suited medieval and Renaissance thinkers suggestion the methods they did approximately politics; and why we regularly imagine another way.

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First, does UKIP’s revolt have a distinct base of support in society? To address this question we compare the rival interpretations of commentators like Tim Montgomerie and Fraser Nelson, who variously portray UKIP’s voters as middle-class Tories in exile, or blue-collar workers who have been left behind by the rapid economic and social changes of the past fifty years. We ask how these rebellious voters compare to supporters of other parties in Britain and what, if anything, makes them distinct?

While most Conservatives were not advocating withdrawal from the EU, to the average voter their arguments sounded very similar to UKIP’s: stop giving power to the Eurocrats in Brussels; oppose the single currency; and protect the national interest. 41 The strategy was not a major success, but it did reduce the amount of space available to UKIP, as Nigel Farage recalled:‘It was not an easy place to be at all. It was very difficult. Blair’s political honeymoon was very long and extensive. The Conservative Party appeared to be very Eurosceptic and adopted the pound.

Competition on the Eurosceptic fringe On 27 November 1994, Sir James Goldsmith announced his intention to launch a new political party dedicated to securing a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe. ‘Let me make just one promise, just one vow’, proclaimed Goldsmith at a meeting of his supporters. ’17 Goldsmith was far from a political novice. On the contrary he posed a formidable threat. His personal wealth was estimated at around £800 million (well over £1 billion in 2013 terms), and he had already been elected to the European Parliament in France as part of a list of candidates who won 12 per cent of the national vote.

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