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.
Did You Know?
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
A party conference can be many things: a show of confidence, an agonising reappraisal, or, as in this cases, a series of auditions by pretenders to the throne while the lost leader withers before our very eyes.
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