In her first conference speech as prime minister, Theresa May made a big deal of the ‘quiet revolution’ sparked by the Brexit vote. Was she sending a covert signal to a hitherto undetected army of Edward Heath’s loyal followers? This is from the Great European’s own first conference speech as prime minister, back in 1970:
This then is the task to which your Government is dedicated: to give to all our people both freedom and responsibility. That is the challenge and from it will come opportunity. Opportunity to take our destiny, the destiny of the nation, once again in our own hands.
If we are to achieve this task we will have to embark on a change so radical, a revolution so quiet and yet so total, that it will go far beyond the programme for a Parliament to which we are committed and on which we have already embarked; far beyond this decade and way into the 1980s.
For it is the task of building something of style, of substance, and worth; something so important to the life and the future of this country of ours.