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Have the Conservatives really changed?

Are the Tories under David Cameron a genuinely new party? What do they mean by social responsibility?

By Anthony Giddens   May 2007

Dear David 3rd April 2007

The next couple of years will be absorbing ones in British politics. Over the past decade Labour has won the ideological battle, in spite of the public disillusionment that has now set in. A succession of Tory leaders who clung to a form of Thatcherism have been seen off. The Conservatives have been forced to change ideological direction in order to re-emerge as serious challengers for power. No doubt you will wish to play down this change, but it is clear that the centre ground of British politics has been shifted in a social democratic…

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