Harper's Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to by Tom Flanagan

By Tom Flanagan

In 5 years, Stephen Harper went from inner most citizen to best minister of Canada. Tom Flanagan was once his leader crusade organizer for many of that interval. In "Harper's Team", Flanagan tells the tale of Harper's upward thrust to strength - how a small staff of associates, with little event in nationwide politics, reworked themselves into the disciplined, expert crusade workforce that introduced down Paul Martin and the Liberals. Harper's workforce fought 4 campaigns in 5 years: management races and nationwide elections. via trial and blunder - and resolution - they realized to mix the Reform Party's power in grassroots politics with the innovative Conservative services in advertisements and media relatives, whereas at the same time adopting the newest advances in info and communications know-how. "Harper's Team" is an extraordinary insider's view of ways political campaigns are deliberate, equipped, controlled, and paid for. Combining 40 years of expertise as an instructional political scientist with 5 years of organizational paintings for Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan deals a distinct point of view on how you can win energy in Canada.

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But just now, Howard was seriously considering relaxing his deathlock on the leadership. And his future was, for a fleeting moment, in the hands of his Cabinet ministers. There was a lot of affection for Howard on display in the meeting of the crisis Cabinet, and a lot of concern that his dignity should be protected. The last thing we want, ministers told each other, is for Howard to become another Stanley Melbourne Bruce, the only prime minister in Australia’s history to lose his own seat in an election.

His victory was truly a landmark event. Howard was not given to flights of grand rhetoric. There was no Keatingesque moment, no savouring of a ‘sweetest victory of all’. Howard described the result more prosaically, as an ‘extraordinary expression of confidence’. The accolades came from elsewhere. ‘Howard is the most successful Western statesman in the world for the last fifteen years,’ said the American political philosopher Francis Fukuyama. Yet like his other great zenith experience, his embrace by President Bush, this election triumph also played a part in Howard’s downfall.

Without any qualification about, It’s your call. So I said: I’m just here to tell you that’s what I think should happen, and I am going to talk to all your colleagues in the Cabinet. ‘So are you going to work against me? asked the PM. Yes, if you want to put it that way, Robb replied. All right. He did then spend a considerable amount of time explaining why we had more prospect of winning with him leading the party than with Peter Costello. It was twenty minutes. I wanted to hear what he thought.

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