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Acknowledgements page from Rab Butler’s “Art of The Possible” Biography.

Not one of the most exciting in the acknowledgement series, but big question:  Who are the Shephard family, and why do they own so many cartoons?

I am indebted to those whom I had given the bulk of my political papers, and the copyright therein, for making these papers available to me and to Peter Goldman, and for dealing with the business aspects of the publication of this book.

We are indebted to Lucia Santa Cruz for assisting with historical aspects, especially in the chapter on the Munich period,  and to Robin Allen for research work, particularly in connection with the reform of the Conservative Party after the defeat of 1945, also to Michael Fraser for political advice. I make grateful acknowledgements to the many others who have kindly read individual chapters and commented upon them. My secretary, Julia Fish, has provided much help with the preparation of the sheets for publication, and to her too I offer my gratitude.

For permission to reproduce cartoons to David Low, Vicky, Giles, and Ernest Shephard I am obliged to the David Low Trustees, the Evening Standard, the Daily ExpressPunch and Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Chapter titles give the flavour of a life. Here’s Butler’s:

Introduction

Preface

Acknowledgements

I. EARLY INFLUENCES

II. THE LONG HAUL

III. GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

IV. INTO WAR

V. WILLINGLY TO SCHOOL

VI. THE EDUCATION ACT

VII. THE CHARTERS

VIII. “UNE IDEE EN MARCHE”

IX. HINGE OF DESTINY

X. LARGE ELEPHANT

XI. CUSTOMARY PROCESSES

XII. PASTURES NEW

 

To start us off on our quest, here’s a google maps showing the birthplaces of all UK Education Secretaries*. Can you find the one born outside of the UK?

 

*bar Geoffrey Lloyd, Fred Mulley & John Patten – If you know these, leave a comment so I can update.

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