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To his critics on right of the Tory party, David Cameron is a modern-day Ted Heath: an energetic young politician with a veneer of electoral appeal, but lacking the iron to make tough decisions, and with a tendency to triangulate—that Blairite technique for making policy only in the centre-ground. His sometimes detached relationship with his parliamentary party, his propensity to consult a meagre team of trusted advisers, and his association with fashionable lifestyles all match Heath too. Just as Cameron’s wife Samantha, the creative director of Smythson, designed one of 2007’s…

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