David Cameron needs a fourth way

Blairism and Thatcherism have been rejected. What do the Tories have to offer, asks Phillip Blond

May 1, 2008 seems to have set a new course in British politics. New Labour endured its worst local election results for over a generation, whilst the Conservatives appear on target to form the next government.

But while Labour has dramatically and deservedly lost popular support, it is not clear that David Cameron has won it. If anything, the local elections represent a wholesale repudiation of the policies of Blair and Brown rather than any endorsement of the New Conservatives. Moreover, since New Labour is little more than an intensification and extension of Thatcherism, what the voters were really rejecting was the legacy of the last 30 years and its governing ideology.

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