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The crisis of conservatism
on both sides of the pond

Daily Mail [UK], by Melanie Phillips

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/3/2013 7:15:25 AM

The agony of the US Republicans, engulfed by an existential crisis since the second term victory of Barack Obama, reminds me so much of the UK Conservatives’ similar crisis after the accession of Tony Blair to power in 1997.[Snip]The Tories, aghast at the inversion of the natural order by which they assumed they had a divine right to rule, looked in bewildered mortification upon the upstart Blair whom they found it impossible to dislodge--and arrived at precisely the wrong conclusion about both conservatism and British society. It was a fundamental error that I believe the Conservative Party is still making

Many similarities here--and much to learn.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/3/2013 8:43:56 AM     (No. 9155458)

Conservatives aren´t losing ground,the left is gaining by population explosions in the dependency crowd. That´s the dilemma.How do conservatives win over voters without handouts?
Common sense,balanced books,job growth aren´t catching on.

The only way for the left to lose is liberal policies affecting them adversely.But even then the tin cup crowd will be very tolerant. One example is blacks and latinos suing Bloomberg over his soda cap. Another example when the left starts getting slapped with Obamacare costs and that´s going to happen.Liberals are going to lose jobs,get their hours cut and pay more at retail and drs offices.Medicare doctors are going to hang it up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/3/2013 9:08:24 AM     (No. 9155526)

Ms. Phillips has little understanding of US talk radio, Fox News, and the Tea Party. Her source of information must be the Leftist press in this country. Ironic.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: absalom, 2/3/2013 1:01:16 PM     (No. 9155893)

Principled conservatism never had anything to do w/Republicanism; little more than secular progressive politics. As for the modern Tories, their decay began after WW2 w/the defeat of Churchill; five decades before Blair. Phillips is clueless.

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