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Conservatism: Peter Hitchens, Margot James, Douglas Murray and Thomas Frank

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 06 February 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks at the state of conservatism. Thomas Frank chronicles the rebirth of right-wing populism in the United States, with the resurgent Tea Party. It's a movement driven by ideology with a vision of utopian capitalism. At home right-wing commentators bemoan the lack of ideology at the heart of the government. Peter Hitchens argues for a political philosophy that stresses a sense of place and history, and decries the Tory Party's shift to the 'centre ground'. The neoconservative Douglas Murray goes further in asserting that military might is vital to defend freedom and justice. But the new MP Margot James follows her party's model of caring capitalism, and its move away from its reputation as the unelectable "Nasty Party".

Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Douglas Murray is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society. He wrote Neoconservatism: Why We Need It in 2005, published by the Social Affairs Unit. His latest book is Bloody Sunday: Truth, Lies and the Saville Inquiry, published by Biteback.

    Douglas Murray

    Peter Hitchens is a British journalist and columnist. His last book was The Cameron Delusion, published by Continuum.

    Peter Hitchens

    Thomas Frank is an American writer and political commentator.

    Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right is published by Harvill Secker.

    Thomas Frank

    Margot James is the MP for Stourbridge.

    Margot James


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