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The Conservative Party must adapt or die

Traditionally their great strength, the ability to adapt has deserted the Tories altogether

By Colin Talbot  

Conservative Party conference is underway in Birmingham. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

“Broad church” political parties get a bad press. It’s always easy to see them as divided, incoherent, or to portray their more extreme elements as representative of the whole and thereby condemn them.

But there is one big advantage of diversity within a political party—the ability to adapt and survive. Why? Because of the “law of requisite variety” which tells us that for any system (for which read party) to survive it needs sufficient internal variety to…

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