Francis Urqhart continues his surreptitious campaign to force Prime Minister Henry Collingridge's resignation. After the tabloids spend the summer excoriating the PM's brother Charles, it's time for the fall party conference in Brighton. There, Urqhart ensures that journalist Mattie Storin gets the results of an internal party poll showing they have fallen 30 points behind Labour. He also ensures those numbers make it to print. When the PM asks Urqhart's advice on who is out to get him, he lays the blame at the feet of Party chairman Lord Billsborough. Urqhart also approaches Foreign Minister Patrick Woolton with the suggestion that he run for the leadership while simultaneously plotting his downfall. When the financial scandal concerning the PM's brother Charles finally hits the press, Collingridge's tenure comes to an end. Written by
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When Francis Urquhart says "good things of day begin to droop and drowse", he is quoting Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act 3, Scene 2). Urquhart and his wife are being compared to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as a treacherous, Machiavellian couple prepared to stop at nothing to get what they want. See more
So, the party's over. It's a quiet night, our fortunes prosper well. The Foreign Secretary finds succour from the harsh affairs of state in the soft fragrance of a daughter of the game.
[glances at tape recorder
One for the archives, if he did but know it. And all the while, Landless's armies are labouring for me through the darkness towards dawn, telling the story. A leader out of touch. A man of straw clutching at straws, his future closing in front of him like a fist. Who would be a leader ...
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