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Davis a "trojan horse" reformer? I somehow doubt that. I almost wonder if Portillo is aware that his endorsement is the kiss of death.

James Hellyer

"Davis a "trojan horse" reformer? I somehow doubt that."

I think it's the "only Nixon could go to China" principle. Just as only someone with hardline anti-communist credentials could begin a process of detente, perhaps only someone aligned with the right of the Conservative party can "modernise" it without encountering resistance from the right.

To me, a moderniser is someone who wants to change the Party to reflect Britain as it is today, not to hark back to some halycon age.

This means adapting our policies and having the breadth of vision to attract a much wider range of people into the Party.

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