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There are five roads the Tories must avoid: Fortress Britain, Libertarian Paradise, Thatcherism Revisited, Local Everything and Scepticism Rediscovered. Success lies in a partial emulation of New Labour

By Tim Hames   April 2005

Almost four years ago I wrote on these pages about the future of the Tory party as it seemed set for a second crushing defeat at the 2001 election. The article asserted that the emerging alliance between the libertarian right and the “one nation” left was the most interesting development in Tory politics since 1997, and that Michael Portillo, then shadow chancellor, personified the emergence of a “new centre.” The piece concluded by asking: “To whom else but Portillo can the Tories turn?”

Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard turned out to be the unexpected answers. Yet as the 2005…

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