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Tories at war (still)

The modern Conservative party, argues a leading Thatcherite, can only be led from the right

By Robin Harris   October 2004

The Conservative party is, depending on your metaphorical preference, in a trough, becalmed, or perhaps, according to the psephologist Anthony King, on a “backward roll.” Successive opinion polls and the results of the Leicester South and Birmingham Hodge Hill by-elections have confirmed that the Tories are again in trouble. Although Tony Blair is distrusted, Michael Howard is trusted even less. Although the Labour party has forfeited support, the Tories have not yet benefited. Crises come frequently in the life of the modern Tory. But the notable difference now is that no one in the Conservative party has any idea what…

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