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Letter: Tory future at risk

Sir: The question is whether any party should ever make a decision, when it has no need to do so, which will apparently bind it for almost 10 years, no matter what changes - political, social or economic - take place within the party, within the UK, or within the European Union.

For any political party to commit itself for the next nine years to an unalterable policy on any issue, whether health, social security or Europe, is plain daft and eventually self-destructive. If a week is a long time in politics, what is a decade?

I cannot at present see my way to voting again for the Tories, but, in contrast to the party's recent resolution on EMU, I am free to look in four years' time at all the prevailing circumstances and make a then current decision.