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In defence of Adam Smith

Phillip Blond may regret the birth of the liberalism, but that does not mean he can ignore it

By Kieron O'Hara   February 2009

Before I wave my quibbles around, I should begin by enthusiastically welcoming Phillip Blond’s stunning riff. I have argued for a while that the Conservatives should dissolve and reconstitute current party lines by reaching beyond 1979 into their back catalogue of philosophies and ideologies, and Blond’s analysis-cum-road-map, a mix of decentralisation, flattened hierarchies and suspicion of big business, is a splendid attempt to do just that.

Such a realignment would hardly be unprecedented. Quintin Hogg wrote about the apparent oddness of Conservatives fighting “socialists who attack laissez faire from almost exactly the same angle as the Conservatives in 1848,” and…

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