Of right and left
On the right, on the other hand, the great ambition was inclusivity - the aim being to stress the similarities rather than the points of difference. Disraeli might have said that a Conservative Government was an organised hypocrisy - but at least it was organised, and at least it was a government.
The current tide of conservative thought - and this is referring to events outside the party, which seems something of a backwater for such thought - is to look for enemies in the ranks, castigating people for being 'unsound'. This is not new, indeed Thatcherism was fundamentally a struggle between the wets (not one of us) and drys (one of us). Yet this is not how conservatism flourishes. The current crisis in the Middle East is revealing fault lines in Conservatism. It is important that these lines should not determine the party