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By Prospect   April 2013

Shades of blue What an honour for our book to be reviewed by the eminent Roger Scruton (“Postmodern Tories”). But what a disappointment his argument is based on prejudices about Tory modernisers, rather than the actual content. It is odd to criticise modernisers for wanting to improve the perception of the Tories: the primary purpose of a political party, after all, is to get elected. But this is not the book’s only objective, despite Scruton’s accusation that we lack appreciation and conviction for Conservatism. British Conservatism derives from several philosophies. Scruton narrowly emphasises preservation: Conservatism is much richer than this.…

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