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For the first time in its history Britain is the most right-wing country in Europe. Ian Gilmour, defeated in an earlier contest with the right, explains the failure of the One Nation Tories

By Ian Gilmour   February 1996

Has the tory left at last come back to life? Or were the faint stirrings detected over the New Year merely its death throes? While the government has drifted unsteadily rightwards over the last few years, One Nation Tories have remained remarkably passive. Ted Heath has continually spoken his mind and-except over Nolan-to good effect. Otherwise, with a few exceptions such as Hugh Dykes on Europe, the Tory left has not even been a stage army: it has been neither heard nor seen.

The right maintains that the left has had every reason to be somnolent, as the Major government…

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