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Churchill, the Liberal Reformer (Hardback)

The Struggle for a Modern Home Office

P&S History > Social History

By Duncan Marlor
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399051323
Published: 5th April 2024

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Winston Churchill is handed down the generations, reinvented in the process to suit current controversies. He has been many things: presently a talisman of the political right, a war-hero of conservative outlook who saved his country; on the left, he is a reactionary imperialist, a warmongering oppressor of the workers. Both sides would be surprised by a time trip to the sensation-filled years of 1910 and 1911. They would find a modernist progressive, cordially loathed by the Tories, carrying through programmes of social reform and making the prison system more humane: declaring to Parliament that even convicted offenders have rights and that how a state treats them determines the level of its civilisation. A long-serving Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office reckoned that Churchill’s policies (which his successors continued) halved the prison population. During the last third of the twentieth century and into the next, rehabilitation has gone into reverse. Prison numbers have soared, as the punitive approach has reasserted itself, now laced with political populism. This book looks at that story in the context of the paradoxical career of Churchill the Liberal Reformer.

As featured in Parliament's The House magazine

The House

About Duncan Marlor

DUNCAN MARLOR has spent more than a decade researching the British parliament, the Great War and the life and career of Arthur Ponsonby. He has also edited an edition of his late mother’s diaries, These Wonderful Rumours! The book was the Mail on Sunday’s ‘Book of the Week’.

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