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The same new Tories

Peter King

in The new politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428547.003.0007
The same new Tories

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Conservatism is seen as an attempt to preserve what is valuable, but the British Conservative party now consider themselves to be both liberal and progressive. Conservative Party leader David Cameron has sought to distance his party and himself from more traditional rightwing ideas, much to the disgruntlement of some media commentators and party members. Most offensive of all has been the forming of a coalition with an apparently left of centre party and then claiming to represent a new politics that leaves behind narrow party interest. The Conservative–Liberal Democrat government led by Cameron is the only form of Conservative government on offer: the die-hards might not much like what they got in May 2010, but the alternative was more of the Labour party. This chapter makes conclusions on the nature of Conservatism and what to make of Cameron's new politics. It concludes that Cameron does represent a new politics, but this is what is expected from the ‘same old Tories’. It argues that despite the considerable complexity of its effect: politics is always new. The Conservatives in 2010 are the same old Tories, and the new politics of the coalition with the Liberal Democrats merely proves this.

Keywords: Conservatism; coalition; Conservative Party; Liberal Democrat; Labour party; politics

Chapter.  4225 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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