“Lord Ashcroft’s Tory right”? A response to Peter Oborne

  • 25 June, 2012
  • Politics

I always enjoy Peter Oborne’s writing. Part of the fun is that you never know what he is going to say next. His latest theory, which he expounds in today’s Telegraph, is that I am using my vast power single-handedly to push the Conservative Party to the right and undermine the workings of the coalition government. Flattering though this portrayal is in some ways (“one of the most influential and potent figures in the wider Conservative movement”, no less), I must point out one or two flaws in his argument.

The nub of Oborne’s case is that I have been against the coalition from the start; indeed, that I could only “fume impotently with rage” as the agreement was signed.

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