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Tories on the couch

Instead of rethinking its message, the Tory party has experienced a collective nervous breakdown.

By John O'Sullivan   October 2002

Until a few years ago, if anyone had predicted a nervous breakdown for the Tory party, it would have looked something like the scene in Brief Encounter in which an unhappy Celia Johnson rushes out of the station buffet to the edge of the platform just before the London express is scheduled to race past. For a few moments she hesitates-an emotional maelstrom in a fetching hat-then the express hurtles by and resolves the crisis for her. She returns to collect her packages and to take the local train home to her children and decent stick of a husband. Only…

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