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The British Liberal Tradition

The British Liberal Tradition: From Gladstone Through to Young Churchill, Asquith, and Lloyd George - Is Blair Their Heir?

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    The British Liberal Tradition
    Book Description:

    Lord Jenkins tells the story of the rise and fall of the British Liberal party under prime ministers Gladstone, Churchill, Asquith, and Lloyd George and explores the place of current British Prime Minister Tony Blair in this tradition.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8057-9
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-xii)
    Roseann Runte

    • Opening Comment
      (pp. 3-4)

      I am very honoured to welcome everyone on behalf of the University of Toronto.

      I would like to extend an especially warm welcome to Senator Davey and his wife Dorothy. Thank you for lending your prestigious name to this lecture series. Events such as these lectures are very important to the intellectual life of the University of Toronto. Our university has always enjoyed a tremendously rich liberal arts tradition and fosters opportunities for growth outside the classroom. This is an aspiration we share with Victoria University. Victoria is well known for its vibrant tradition of humanism and scholarship. Victoria has...

    • Introduction
      (pp. 5-8)
      H.N.R. JACKMAN

      It is my honour to present to you Lord Roy Jenkins, Baron of Pontypool in the County of Gwent. Lord Jenkins is Chancellor of Oxford University. He is a man of many talents and diverse interests.

      It is no surprise that the author of some seventeen books is President of the Royal Society of Literature. Nor is it surprising that the first President of the European Community is now co-President of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Nor is it extraordinary that the first leader of the Social Democratic Party is now the leader of the Social and Liberal peers....


    • The British Liberal Tradition From Gladstone to Young Churchill, Asquith, and Lloyd George - Is Blair Their Heir?
      (pp. 11-38)

      It is a great pleasure to me to pay what I think is my seventh visit to the city of Toronto, but my first for nearly four years; and to speak under the auspices of Victoria University but within the territory of the University of Toronto. As Chancellor of Oxford I am closely familiar with the complicated - sometimes delicate, but on the whole amicable - relations between free-standing colleges. We have thirty-nine of them, varying in age between 750 and 10 years - and varying in wealth, too - and an overarching but far from all-powerful university.

      I am...


    • Toast to Lord Jenkins
      (pp. 41-44)

      Today has been a special treat for me, and I know for all of us here tonight who have participated in today’s series of events.

      Lord Jenkins, your lecture was music to the ears of a graduate of Honours History from this university, and I enjoyed it tremendously.

      The business world currently focuses on the trading prices of Internet stocks. Lord Jenkins, you reminded us of the importance of real values in our society - or, in today’s parlance, what I might call ‘meaningful content.’

      We are most grateful for your presentation and thoughts today and for your contribution, not...

      (pp. 45-50)

      Lord Jenkins very cleverly ended his speech by leaving the question - is Tony Blair a liberal? - open. No doubt he hoped I would be able to finish off the subject. I will not do so, I am afraid. But I would say that Tony Blair has redefined politics in Britain, and elsewhere, in the last three years.

      The concept of a third way may raise smiles of the ‘what does it mean’ variety, but I think we have managed to define this government as one that believes in - to use the words of the French prime minister,...


    • Lord Roy Jenkins
      (pp. 53-56)

      Lord Roy Jenkins, Baron of Pontypool in the County of Gwent, statesman and scholar, has served as Chancellor of Oxford University since 1987 and leader of the Social and Liberal Democratic peers since 1988. He has been President of the Royal Society of Literature since 1988 and co-President of the Royal Institute of International Affairs since 1993.

      Born in 1920, Lord Jenkins was educated at University College, Cardiff, and at Balliol College, Oxford, becoming an honorary fellow of the college in 1969. The first leader of the Social Democratic Party in 1982-83, his roots in political activity were laid as...

    • Senator Keith Davey
      (pp. 57-60)

      Keith Davey was born in Toronto on 21 April 1926 (the same day as Queen Elizabeth), the son of Charles ‘Scotty’ Minto Davey and Grace Viola Curtis. He attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1946, and went on to Victoria University, where he received a BA in 1949. He was an excellent student and president of the student council to boot, although in his typically self-deprecating fashion he recalls that at one point his grades were so poor that he had to surrender the Senior Stick. His humility prevents him from noting that the prized honour was awarded to...

    • Baroness Scotland of Astbal, QC
      (pp. 61-62)

      After graduating with an honours degree in law from London University, Patricia Scotland was called to the bar at the age of twenty-one. She has specialized in family and public law and has chaired or represented parties in a number of major inquiries relating to child abuse, mental health, and housing. She is a member of the Bar of Antigua and the Commonwealth of Dominica. She was appointed a QC and an Assistant Recorder in 1991, and is approved to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Family Division. In 1997 she was made a life peer, taking...

  8. The Senator Keith Davey Lectures
    (pp. 63-63)