Letter: Principled defector
Wednesday 22 December 1999
This claim is in large measure true, and it shows that the Conservatives' drift to the right is in large measure the work of Tony Blair: the only way the Conservatives can distinguish themselves from a Majorite Labour Party is by turning into extremists.
This means the only opening for opposition is on Tony Blair's left flank. If Blair comes to be perceived as a Majorite, voters may grow rapidly more willing to look for an opposition in this direction. Shaun Woodward may yet do more damage to the Labour Party than he has already done to the Conservative Party.
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