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Why Cameron shouldn’t lurch to the right

David Cameron’s wobble in the polls has brought calls for a return to old-fashioned ideologies of market and state. Bad idea

By Phillip Blond   April 2010

These are worrying times for Tories. Their poll lead has shrunk: from 17 points in December 2009, to 12 in January, and down to merely two in a March YouGov poll of 60 marginal seats. Even if other surveys point to a less tight picture, there has clearly been a dramatic breach in support.

A battle now rages over how to explain the fall, fought between the party’s progressive and regressive wings. Stuck between them, the Tory high command is bemused. They don’t know why this haemorrhage has happened, and so they don’t know what to do. Surely, against one…

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