Holding Coalitions Together, Today and in 1840s Britain

Boris Johnson attends a hustings event in York, England, July 4, 2019. (Peter Powell/Reuters)
Lessons for conservatives from Disraeli and the Victorian Tories

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ll political coalitions evolve naturally over time; issues come and go, and so do constituencies. But it can be perilous to change a party’s stripes too abruptly. For a political party or movement, there’s both an identity and a community formed from the combination of the voters it pursues, its positions on issues, the nature of its leadership, and the way it presents itself to the public. It is always easier to kick out politicians and chase away voters than it is to bring new supporters into the community and develop new leaders with a new identity. The experience of

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