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Political notes: Blair or Thatcher?

Despite surface similarities, the coalition’s modus operandi owes more to Tony Blair than it does to Margaret Thatcher

By Anne McElvoy   December 2010

Blair is surely the coalition’s spiritual godfather, but the Thatcher gene also makes up a strong part of the government’s constitution

Once a year, I gather with fellow old lags of political comment to decide on parliamentary awards. We endure unfeasibly long lunches to fight over who has shone in the House and knocked seven bells out of the other side and which of the newcomers is worth investment on the giddy stock market of opinion. Usually, we rub along pretty well. Or at least we did, until the debate moved to whether Tony Blair or Margaret Thatcher had…

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