by Alex Massie

Tory party chairman Eric Pickles, who, reassuringly, is as rotundly, incurably English as his name might suggest, speaking at a Young Britons' Foundation rally today:

"There is no magic button we can press, no sword we can pull out of the stone to bring back all those thousands of people who voted for us in the 80's and 90's. We can't. They're all dead."

Nicely put. You might win protest votes or triumph in exceptional circumstances but otherwise, all things being equal, if you remain beholden to the household gods of years past then you're putting yourself at a disadvantage. Eventually, one supposes that the Republican party will appreciate this. But not yet, not yet at all.

(Hat-tip: Tory Bear)

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