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A Tory community

The Conservative party has traditionally combined two great principles—personal freedom and public service. It now needs a new idea of community

By David Willetts   October 2005

The Strange Death of Tory England by Geoffrey Wheatcroft (Allen Lane, £20)

The Strange Death of Liberal England was the title of George Dangerfield’s book on the collapse of the Liberal party after the first world war. Now, after three heavy defeats in a row, it is no surprise that Geoffrey Wheatcroft has nabbed the title for his book on the state of the Tories. On the surface, a lot of it reads like the political gossip of the day preserved between hard covers. But beneath it there is a sustained argument that gets to the heart of the crisis…

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