An English-speaking union: the Tory way?

PAUL GOODMAN V JOHN O'SULLIVAN

By John O'Sullivan   45

An English-speaking union: the Tory way? Dear John

2nd September 1999

Over there, where you are, a Republican candidate is likely to be elected president. Over here, as a new political year begins, the Tories seem condemned to exile. They have trailed Labour in the polls for seven years. Tony Blair’s command of Britain is awesome. Margaret Thatcher built a country safe for Blair to govern. The cold war was won. All those dragons-inflation, union power-were, if not slain, at least sent sobbing back to their caves. Her successor, John Major, bungled his term in office. The voters believed that…

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