Hello and thanks for visiting the new website for The Number 10 Podcast.
I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail here, as all will be explained in the new episode, but just a few things to mention.
When we think about modern political history, many think back to the last fifty or sixty years, without considering the breadth of social reform and change that has been lead, more often than not by one individual- leading a large swathe of other individuals, each with their own objectives.
Today we see a large party machine guiding and supporting the head of state with their mandate coming from the people who elect them every five years. But how do we get from where we are now, with every citizen voting on huge country altering issues that their elected representatives then have to (or sometimes not) make into government policy, to where this started, from a monarch who dictated the policy, with no effective party system and for a long time, only elections for privileged men.
From monarch’s whose word carries the force of a papal indictment to a Queen who plays no greater role in policy than the rubber stamp process of Royal Assent.
The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation.”James Freeman Clarke
It is not a process that happened overnight. It’s a process over the last three centuries when heads of states have put duty above anything else in the advancement of the United Kingdom and most of the time the subjects of the country. What separates the leaders of this country that I will be discussing is that of the politician and the statesmen. As James Freeman Clarke said:
“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation.”
This podcast will journey through British political, social and military history witnessing some of the greatest events of modern history and more importantly the premiers who made and sometimes allowed these things to happen. We’ll see the fall of the British Empire and formation of the USA at the hands of Lord North, coined “the man who lost America”. We’ll talk about the creation and gradual maturing of our economic policy, of the formation of the police force under Robert Peel and of social reform, particularly of that under Clement Attlee where we see the national health service become a reality.