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The Element of Luck
Sir Robert Borden passing on his "lucky sprig" to Arthur Meighen, 1921. Copyright/Source
Politicians who assume the party leadership in opposition are more successful. Robert Borden, who had been the Conservative leader of the opposition for ten years before becoming prime minister, shared the secret of his success - a "lucky sprig" - with his successor, Arthur Meighen. Meighen lost the 1921 election, apparently ignoring Borden's lucky charm.