Here are my posts which have an historical theme. You will notice the emphasis on 19th century British political history in particular, a period which I studied for my history PhD.

As Winston Churchill said, explaining the practical application of history to forecasting, “The longer you can look back, the further you can look forward”.

Plus, history is just such fun, with a wealth of amazing stories, fascinating details and important lessons for the present.


A surprising statistic about British Prime Ministers since 1900

Hunting out some old data recently, I came across against the following statistic from the 2015 general election campaign.

I sort of half-knew it already pre-2015 but had not worked out the numbers. When you see them in print, they’re really quite striking:
BBC graphic showing how many Prime Ministers have not first had to win a general election

Since then, of course, the tally has become 14 out of 23 Prime Ministers got to take up the job without first having to win a general election.