Monitor: All the News of the World: The Sunday newspapers on the Tory row over public services and the free market

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The Independent Culture
THE IMPORTANT aim for the Tories is to separate the good things about Thatcherism that they intend to keep and to jettison the embarrassing bits. They should retain a commitment to a highly competitive economic environment where the private sector knows best more often than not. But Mr Hague is right to acknowledge the free market does have limits and distance himself from outdated Thatcherite dogma, such as there being "no such thing as society". Last week's efforts to make a clean break with the past were far more substantive than the half-a-dozen non-event "relaunches" Mr Hague has had.

Sunday Business

THERE ARE only two ways the Tories can succeed at the next election. The first is by luck. Blair may come a cropper if his Balkans adventure backfires. The second is by moving even further to the left than common sense and Mr Lilley are leading them. Perhaps the Tories' best hope is to become the truly radical party: anti-war, libertarian, tolerant. God knows, they won't have far to move if they are to adopt a position to Labour's left.

The Independent on Sunday

THE TORY leadership has made an appalling error in stigmatising the use of the free market in health, education and the welfare state. To pretend that there is "limited scope" for the free market is absurd; to ignore the possibilities for the free market to rescue the dire performance of our state health and education services is irresponsible.

The Sunday Telegraph

IT IS not surprising, in the aftermath of their worst defeat since 1906, that the Conservatives should lose their self-confidence. But the whole point of installing a new young leader is to restore a sharper edge. William Hague seems to intent on showing the gravitas of a potential prime minister rather than the fizz and daring that makes a successful leader of the opposition. Oppositions need to stick by their warnings of trouble, particularly when they are coming true. (Ferdinand Mount)

The Sunday Times

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