Ian Birrell in the Guardian (Monday 27th September 2014) ponders whether a Conservative split may be the catharsis the party needs, concluding:
Yet what really binds the many decent and tolerant conservatives to those misanthropes filled with fear and rage against modernity?
To be “conservative” implies an element of holding on to the past – because it has to be better than an uncertain future. Too often this can overpower any search for change for the better.
Two problems stoke this fear.