A Return to ‘One Nation’ Conservatism?

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a final general election campaign event in London, England, December 11, 2019. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)
A new book by an adviser to Theresa May lays out an ambitious blueprint for post-Brexit Britain.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F rom leafy Windsor to the former mining town of Bolsover, British prime minister Boris Johnson has achieved what Theresa May could not: a Conservative majority that spans the country’s traditional class divides. But May’s failure was not for want of trying. In June 2017, she held an ill-fated snap election to attempt to wrest back control of Parliament. The aim was to charm working-class Labour heartlands, particularly in the north. It failed. And as the clock struck 10 p.m. on polling day, she panicked and called her joint chief of staff, Nick Timothy.

“She was sobbing,” writes Timothy in his new

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