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Just as the right is poised to take over the Conservative party, it has stopped thinking. Worse still it has introduced an alien element into British politics-centralist, interfering, paranoid. The right should show more sensitivity to the national traditions it thinks it is saving

By Ferdinand Mount   March 1996

Is the right drying up? It is evidently not shutting up-the voice of the right remains fearsomely audible all over the place. But while the right’s lungpower is undiminished, how about its brainpower? Has the right begun to lose its intellectual fertility? As always, the first to express their uncertainty were those such as John Gray and John Casey, whose minds are unconstrained by party loyalty. But the unease is now spreading to the plodders.

This unease is caricatured by the left as a recantation, a revulsion against Thatcherism. But the principal insights of the Thatcher years are embedded as…

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