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Political notes: Cameron’s dilemma

Between keeping the party faithful onside and wooing the public sector, David Cameron risks forgetting what he’s really about

By Anne McElvoy   March 2010

Who knows what David Cameron really wants? The advance of the New Conservatives has been a master study in ambiguity. This occurred to me recently when Cameron got into hot water on his tax and marriage plans. I interviewed him a few years ago for a programme about the rise of a new political generation.

Spontaneously, he emphasised marriage as a “core value for me… something I just happen to believe in and will support.” Along with most of the Tory party, I assumed this meant he would restore the recognition of the wedded state to the tax system. Cometh…

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