Worn-out Thatcherite doctrine no longer works. As Theresa May’s ex-adviser Nick Timothy points out, the party must look honestly at today’s social landscape
To Conservatives, the Thatcherite 80s are what Venezuela is to the Labour left: an ideological model whose defects they are profoundly and instinctively reluctant to acknowledge.
True, there has been no shortage of centre-right experimentation since the fall of the Iron Lady in 1990: John Major’s civic conservatism, David Cameron’s “big society”, Theresa May’s bid to persuade her party that government is more than a necessary evil. But, under stress, Tories tend to revert to the default …read more