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A toxic brand

If the Tory party were your fridge, your food would be rotten

By Peter Hitchens   October 2011

It is late afternoon in an English provincial city and you have got lost looking for the bus station. It is that sort of day, downmarket and dispiriting. Along one of those streets of uninviting, grey terraced houses, you find a dusty old-fashioned corner shop, the sort that sells quiet biscuits and soft, bendy vegetables. It displays an enamelled tin advertisement for the Empire News (“Sunday isn’t Sunday without the Empire News,” it lies). Behind the counter, you see they also sell Capstan Full Strength cigarettes. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a grey-faced customer walk in, very slowly, and ask…

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