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The Tory Modernisation Effort Has Failed – And Look At The Grotesque Spectacle We're Left With

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12.06.2019

Once upon a time, the Conservative party seemed to want to become a modern political party.

One Nation politics, compassionate Conservatism, an attempt to recruit new members who were young, from ethnic minorities – David Cameron’s ‘hug a hoodie’ moment.

It failed. And look at what Britain is left with. A Conservative government which has not only driven millions into poverty with a near-decade long austerity programme, but whose leadership contenders seem intent on rolling back decades of social and economic progress too.

The race to the right is in full swing. Since the leadership campaign kicked off in earnest at the weekend, candidates have openly talked about restricting abortion rights; allowing parents to pull their children out of classes which teach about relationships, including LGBT relationships; generous tax cuts for the better-off; more stop and search powers for the police; increasing defence spending.

If it was just the policies on offer, it would be bad enough. But it’s the character of several of the candidates too and their lack of preparedness for this job, or probably any other.

Let’s start with Boris........

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