The political thought of the Conservative Party has been little analysed, at least in comparison with the Labour Party. Emphasis has instead been placed on the pragmatic nature of the Conservative Party, reinforced by the supposed non-ideological nature of conservatism itself and the utterances of many leading Conservatives that the Party lacks ideology or as it is often expressed is the party of ‘common sense’. A frequent approach of those who do analyse the political thought of the Conservative Party has tended to be descriptive, listing the features most associated with British conservatism.


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