James Forsyth

The Red Tory

The Red Tory
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Phillip Blond has been attracting a lot of publicity in the past few weeks and it was standing room only at the launch of his new think tank Res Publica. (I should say that I am on its advisory board).

David Cameron gave the opening remarks, stressing the influence Blond's thinking has had on how the Tories think about poverty and public services, but he was also keen to point out that he doesn't agree with everything that Blond says. Ever since the trouble caused by last summer's Policy Exchange report advocating abandoning various northern cities, the Cameroons have been wary of getting too close to any think tank for fear of being tarred by association.     

Blond's work has enabled the Tories to make forays onto Labour's ideological turf and make a grab for language traditionally associated with the left. The question now is how much policy they will adopt.