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Spoiling the party

The Thatcherite who gave David Cameron his first job says he is not impressed

By Robin Harris   March 2006

David Cameron has kept his promise. In an article in the Spectator in October, he pledged that under his leadership, “the Conservative party will look, feel, think and behave like a completely new party.” To the surprise of many critics and some supporters, he kept his word. Those who imagined that the modernising agenda was merely about style have been proved wrong. It was predictable, of course, that Cameron should use his first public speech as leader to distance himself from Margaret Thatcher. New Tory leaders generally do—and then ask for her help in fundraising. But Cameron has gone further…

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