Magazine article The Spectator

Think-Tank Battle

Magazine article The Spectator

Think-Tank Battle

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The concept of a 'Red Tory' is not an easy one to grasp. Is it someone who believes in huntin', shootin' and fishin' for all, or is it an inversion of a champagne socialist: someone who preaches free markets from beneath a flat cap while sipping bitter in a boozer in Bolton?

The phrase was invented by Philip Blond, a former lecturer who has attracted a million pounds to set up his own think-tank, ResPublica - launched this week with David Cameron in attendance. His particular beef is with monopolies, and their effect on community spirit. Much to the annoyance of Ken Clarke, the shadow business secretary, he advocates legislation to break up high-street shopping chains.

One cannot accuse the world of Conservative think-tanks of monopoly domination. …

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