Conservatism
Class and nation
in The Conservative Party and the nation
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This chapter begins with Vernon Bogdanor's observation that, despite the Conservative victory in the general election of 2015, it was uncertain whether the UK would survive. Generations of Conservatives have claimed that defence of the Union is the fons et origo of the party's purpose. The chapter considers claims about the modification of class politics, the return of the nation and the challenges presented for the Conservative Party. The possibility of reconstructing the Conservative nation by consolidating David Cameron's coalition and by attracting back to the party those who had migrated to UK Independence Party (UKIP) was opened up by the fluidity of class identity. There was potential to release a contemporary version of the Conservative working-class 'angels in marble' which The Times in 1883 had attributed to Benjamin Disraeli's political vision, but it was to be Joseph Chamberlain whose ideas were revisited under May.

The Conservative Party and the nation

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