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Tories remade

A leading supporter of David Cameron responds to last month's Thatcherite critique

By Nicholas Boles   April 2006

People tend to see David Cameron through the prism of their hopes and fears. Labour supporters want to believe that he is a lightweight who won’t stand up to the intense scrutiny of an election campaign. Pragmatic Tories think that here, at last, is a leader who can reach out and lead them back to power. And Robin Harris, self-appointed keeper of the Thatcher flame, fears a betrayal of that legacy (see Prospect, March).

The intoxicating narrative of the Thatcher premiership as a struggle between good and evil is one that has many adherents on the left as well as…

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