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Whatever happened to the party of economic competence?

As they gather for conference, the Tories must fight to save their brand

By George Magnus  

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

This week’s Conservative Party conference will probably make for a sorry spectacle. The weakness of the prime minister means no end to the atom-splitting effect of Brexit on the Party. The truce that her Florence speech was supposed to bring was gone in a moment. Indeed, it’s hard to see the party as a credible political force in the country, or providing political leadership to its followers—and electoral waverers—while the status quo…

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