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To what extent has the Conservative party retained traditional conservative principles?

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To what extent has the conservative party retained traditional conservative principles? Since 1979 the conservative party has undergone significant changes from the traditional conservative party which focused on ideas about human nature, order and pragmatism, first with new right conservatism under Thatcher then with the current conservative party. The current conservative party however, can be seen to be retaining traditional conservative principles such as Euro-scepticism and that they remain largely traditionalist. However there are many ways in which the conservative party has changed such as taxation, education and the welfare state. One way the conservative party has changed is through taxation. Traditionally, the conservative party was known as believing in low tax however the current conservative part, seems to have changed certain parts of their policies about this perhaps shifting to a ...read more.


This shows the anti-europe feelings amongst camerons conservatives even though they are in a coalition with the pro Europe lib dems which would suggest the euro scepticism is lessened due to the lib dems presence so it would suggest that there is an even bigger euro scepticism amongst Camerons conservatives. Another way the party has deviated from traditional conservative principles is through education. In contrast with the traditional elitist view on education by the conservatives, under Cameron there has been a strong emphasis on the idea that everybody should be able to go to uni if their ability allows them too, supporting labours policies on scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and also attempting to establish more apprentiship jobs and work experience jobs to encourage young people who perhaps wouldn't go to university to learn skills that would provide a better future for them. ...read more.


gay adoption, the party supports traditional institutions such as the house of lords and the electoral system, there is also a strong emphasis on the nuclear family (husband, wife, children). These make it seem that the party is still very much traditionalist in social senses and in the political system despite making the appearance of modernising through using websites and webcams to illustrate party policies. This shows a retention of the partys tradition. Overall it can be seen whilst the party has changed in many ways with the times it doesn't change the major fabric and machinery of the party and the party has stayed the same at heart despite several changes which could perhaps be seen due to Cameron's beliefs himself rather than a party wide change i.e policies on the environment. ...read more.

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