The next Conservative party leader should be sensitive and receptive to party members. But the leader must also shape, not follow, opinion in the party.
The Leadership Election Organizing Committee has opted for a longer race, with the leader to be selected Spetember 10.
Conservatives are systematically disadvantaged by the electoral system, and yet not a single prominent Conservative voice has called for electoral reform.
The most frequent response to the strife in the Green Party has been both wonderment and a sense of incomprehensibility: “they did what?”
The Tory Syndrome therefore led to a vicious cycle: the party’s infighting resulted in part from a lack of power, and in turn made it even more difficult to win.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen members go to party conventions and vote to approve policy resolutions that their leaders will surely ignore for the next election.