Tue 14 July 2009, The Guardian

IDS's family report proves there are second acts in political lives

By Michael White
Over-promoted politicians sometimes make a better fist of their second careers. Arthur Balfour and Alec Douglas-Home were better foreign secretaries than they were prime ministers. Jimmy Carter is a more impressive ex-president than he was a chief executive. At a less exalted level Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative leader 2001-03, fits that mould too. David Cameron, a better politician, looks favourably on his endeavours.
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