ISRAELI may well be back in fashion ("How the Tories could outflank Labour," 31 March) but Donald Macintyre has confused his history. Yes, Disraeli encouraged Derby to pass the Second Reform Act in 1867 but they did not win the next election. Much to Disraeli's irritation Gladstone triumphed in 1868 with a majority of about 110, as against 70 in 1865. Disraeli had to wait for his triumph until 1874.
Solihull, West Midlands