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Defending Stanley Baldwin

We should think more carefully about politicians and their reputations

By Anne Perkins  

Stanley Baldwin at Chequers. Photo: PA NEWS/PA Archive/PA Images

Political reputation is a slippery thing. It is shaped as much by contemporary rivalries and the preoccupations of later times as by any impartial calculation of conduct and capacity. So while there is a faint sense of overdue adjustment as today a statue is unveiled in the small Worcestershire town of Bewdley to Stanley Baldwin, it is not going to restore the reputation of its most famous son.

It is 71 years since the death of the man whose name…

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