Mr Patten's attempt to dismiss mainstream thinking with which he does not agree in this fashion is a threat to more than the reputation of an individual. It is part of the insidious and unconscious trend towards the thinking of a one-party state which happens when a government has been in office too long. It is exactly the sort of thing we must resist the temptation to do to the Conservatives when they eventually go out of office. Mr Patten's example will not make this task any easier for us.
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