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Editorial—Flight of the moderates

The Conservative Party is no longer conservative

By Tom Clark   November 2019

Regarding oneself as apolitical is itself a political position, and in Britain it’s very often been a winning one, too. “I’d vote for anything that was broadly sensible” explains one newly-former Conservative to Gaby Hinsliff. Quite a swath of a nation that used to be known for moderation as well as reserve continues to feel the same way.

And yet the days of the “what counts is what works” pitch of David Cameron, Tony Blair, and long before them Harold Macmillan, suddenly seem to belong to another world. The autumn conference…

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