Corbyn is no Red Tory
- we can say that with some certainty.
The public acts of political nihilism by former Blarite ministers, advisers, right-wing Red Tory
MP's and even Tony Blair himself simply creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of dark days ahead should the party members dare elect someone that they, the Red Right Wing disagree with.
Firstly, the Red Tory
MP, Kevin Brennan, whilst pledging to fight cuts, decided to abstain on the Welfare Bill and rolled over for the Conservatives to create yet more child poverty.
Today, however, the term Red Tory
is often used to describe Conservatives who combine economic laissez-faire with a liberal position on "social" issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, which is almost the opposite of Red Toryism in the original sense.
With a reputation as a Red Tory
, Redford tried unsuccessfully to win a nomination to be the federal Conservative Party's candidate in Calgary-West in 2004.
There was a brief revival of what are also called the One Nation Tory, or more recently Red Tory
, under the 'hug a hoody' version of David Cameron, but their influence has since waned to the point of irrelevance.
Boyko (history and social sciences, Lakefield College School, Canada) offers the first full-length biography of Canadian prime minister Richard Bedford Bennett which argues that Bennett was a principled leader guided by dedication to Red Tory
principles about the constructive role of government, not a millionaire out of touch with ordinary Canadians.
In Red Tory
, Blond argues that the sum of Margaret Thatcher's free-market liberalism and New Labour's cultural liberalism has been a vacuum of intimacy speedily filled by new police powers.
8/10 * RED Tory
, by Philip Blond, published in paperback by Faber and Faber, pounds 12.
SANDRA MANGAN Chew this over RED TORY
by Philip Blond, Faber and Faber, pounds 12.
The new boy on the block is Scouser Phillip Blond - also dubbed the Red Tory
because of his philosophy for a one-nation consensus to control the free market excesses that have caused the present recession.
Hugh Segal once remarked that he was a Progressive Conservative, and not a western Reformer, for reasons of good taste.