Howls of protest
Wow! The mere mention of Margaret Thatcher really is toxic.
My previous blog has provoked howls of protest from Tory modernisers who loathe the idea that their leader was going "Back to the Future".
They insist that their leader was delivering a centrist speech complete with promises to tackle the causes of crime, to make tough green choices (such as cancelling Heathrow's third runway and building a high speed rail link instead) and to deliver family friendly policies.
They point to their leader's insistence that he was not an ideologue, his praise for the role of the state and his positioning as a One Nation Tory in the line of Peel, Shaftesbury and Disraeli.
All fair points. I was not and do not claim that the Tories are going backwards or that Cameron today abandoned the modernisers' agenda.
I do note, however, that the Tory leader explicitly invited the country to compare himself with Margaret Thatcher in 1979 - when she was "the novice" confronting the "experienced" Jim Callaghan during an economic crisis. His remedy, like hers, is "sound money and low taxes".
This should come as no surprise. Cameron and all those close to him were children of Thatcher (no, not literally) and, when it comes to economics, they still are.
What should also come as no surprise to the Tories is that if you mention Margaret Thatcher it will get noticed and probably cause a fuss.