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The Conservatives’ big problem today? They’re not conservatives

Today's Conservative party has lost touch with what ought to be its core philosophy. To succeed, it should return to its Burkean roots with a focus on strengthening local communities

By Thomas Maidment  

A focus on local institutions such as small businesses, markets and food co-ops would renew conservatism. Photo: Wikimedia commons

The Conservative party has, over recent decades, fed the general public with ersatz principles.For most of us, politics has become recognisable as a matter of daily improvisation. Political principles have become secondary to individual opportunism and political flexibility.

However, the current public mood demands something different. Exhausted by Blairism and conscious of political spin, the public appetite demands candour, principle, and moral integrity from its political parties.

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