Chris Mullin

The secret of the Tories’ long domination of British politics

Their winning formula has been to present themselves as the party of patriotism and economic competence, while stealing the opposition’s clothes whenever it suited them

Supporters of Margaret Thatcher celebrate the Conservative party’s third consecutive general election victory on 11 June 1987. [Getty Images]

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