O’Neill thinks so (sorry O!)… Though I am not sure I buy all of his reasoning, not least that little bit of futuring about being the government of four parts of the Union (getting MPs elected is not being made any more likely by the continued lack of credible candidate matches for its three target seats)… The one, apparently (the Tories have been moving around a fair amount; NHS funding for instance) point he makes is worth repeating:
The modern Conservative Party is one, by necessity, built on pragmatism and a fair bit of libertarianism. Brown’s attempt to impose a “one-size-fits all” version of Britishness will not be repeated; the much more sustainable (and easier to sell) “umbrella” version will inevitably emerge.
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