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This Tory leadership contest is making a mockery of basic democratic norms

British politics is being warped by a tiny minority who will pick the next leader and a cast of candidates who refuse to face simple truths 

By Guy de Jonquières  

Frontrunner Boris Johnson leaves his home in south London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

The surprise of the week so far has not been sprung by the mostly turgid televised Tory party leadership debates. It is the YouGov poll finding that most Conservative members are ready to accept serious economic damage, the breakup of the United Kingdom and the destruction of their own party in order to achieve Brexit. Only if Brexit brought Jeremy Corbyn to power would most not want it to happen—thereby contradicting the aspirant leaders’ repeated…

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