The New Conservatism
The Conservative Party of pre-war days was swept from power by a Labour Party which ushered in what became known, and accepted, as the post-war consensus. Only with the election of Margaret Thatcher was this consensus challenged. New ideas of how Conservatism should further challenge that consensus were developed, through “think tanks” and other lobby groups, which were in turn augmented and influenced by right-wing thinking from the USA. Now we have the situation where a growing and mature Conservative Movement seeks to move the debate further to the right. This series of articles traces the New Conservatism from its roots in the writings of pre-war thinkers, to the 1970s and 80s growth of lobby groups, and the adoption of Transatlantic Neo-Con beliefs, through to a movement that promotes its agenda of running down the state while removing government and regulation in the name of freedom, competition, and fairness.