The Life of Reginald MaudlingBook - 2003
A portrait of one of modern conservativism's key figures traces his rise and fall in twentieth-century Britain, noting how his contemporaries viewed him and analyzing his ideas against a backdrop of post-war beliefs and the philosophies of New Labour.
This first biography of one of the key figures in modern Conservatism tells the full story of Maudling's rise and fall and gives him his rightful place in the history of twentieth-century Britain.
Independent Publishing Group
In the 1960s and 1970s Maudling occupied a succession of high offices and was twice a candidate for the Conservative leadership. He was also a political thinker whose ideas influenced Tory politics for thirty years. He helped liquidate the British Empire, he was the unions' favourite Tory Chancellor, a permissive Home Secretary and an outspoken opponent of Margaret Thatcher. His position now seems well to the left of New Labour.
When Maudling failed to reach the top in 1965, the impact on him was devastating. His personal and business life started to go wrong and he lost his ethical moorings. He formed a business partnership with corrupt architect John Poulson and sought riches in the Middle East. When Poulson's corruption was revealed in 1972, Maudling resigned as Home Secretary. In the years that followed Maudling was investigated by the Fraud Squad (who wanted him prosecuted), bankruptcy investigators, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Inland Revenue. The true scale of his involvement in the Poulson scandal is revealed here for the first time.
With access to previously secret government and police files, and interviews with family, friends, colleagues and investigators, Lewis Baston is in a unique position to tell the full, tragic story of Maudling's rise and fall, and reveal the man behind the politician.