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If David Cameron’s attempt to soften the image of the Tory party succeeds, all three main parties at the next election will stand on a platform of cultural and social liberalism. This represents the final triumph of the 1960s—the decade that sharply eroded authority and constraint, abolished capital punishment, introduced child-centred education, saw the headlong decline of organised religion, legislated for gender and race equality, legalised gay sex and made divorce easier. A big step forward for freedom and all the troubles it brings in its wake. The Conservative party was always ambivalent about much of this. It embraced economic…

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