n 1924 Harold Macmillan became MP for Stockton-on-Tees. Witnessing brutal poverty there between the wars, he said later that he had learnt “lessons which I have never forgotten. If, in some respects, they may have left too deep an impression on my mind, the gain was greater than the loss.” The gain was a lifelong conviction that the central aim of domestic policy must be to avoid the horror of mass unemployment. Forget ideological posturing; the job of a responsible Conservative government was to keep people in work.
Almost a century and 25 miles up the A19 later, we arrive in Sunderland, where the Conservatives’ reputation for economic stewardship is dying.… Seguir leyendo »