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August 05, 2016



But is this more due to newspaper budgets being cut to the bone, with ever more "content" being produced at the lowest possible cost?

Matt Moore

Your main criterion here seems to be intellectual coherence. Is this really so important?

If Thatcherism is wrong, surely it's better to be inconsistent than consistently wrong?

Gareth Wilson

"What we have here, then, is a massive gulf between Thatcherism and today’s Tories"
Er, no it isn't. What you have here is a massive gulf between Thatcherism and the Telegraph. Do you really believe that the 11 million people who voted Conservative in 2015, and, by extrapolation from the polls, the 14 million who would today, all agree with the Telegraph?


@ Matt Moore -

Inconsistency is not the same as incoherence. Incoherence is the inability to be even inconsistent, much less consistent.

If you read the original post above again, you'll see that inconsistency was not mentioned, only incoherence.

Dave Timoney

This is a widespread feature of contemporary conservative thought - e.g. Paul Ryan's "magical asterisks" - and not just limited to the wilder shores of euroscepticism, though it is difficult to find anyone more on leave from his senses that Daniel Hannan once he gets going.

I think a lot of this is down to the infection of conservative thought by futurism (in the sense of imagining a wonderful future), much of which crept in from the libertarian wing in the 80s and 90s. Whereas conservatives have traditionally preferred the past for its sense (however misplaced) of certainty and pragmatic proof, the modern version seems to have imbibed too much third-rate sci-fi.


You are attacking a newspaper that used to be well written and using it to represent the right.

derrida derider

"... Thatcherism was vastly more intellectually coherent than ... Conservatism today."

I believe that's called damning with faint praise.

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