After the result, John Gray continues to worry about the Tories' "bigoted tendancy":

If the Conservatives tilt towards American-style fundamentalism they risk becoming permanently marginal. That's one reason why theo-conservatism, though probably more influential than in the past, isn't going to be a serious force in British politics. A more realistic danger is the growth of a type of populism similar to that which has developed in the Netherlands. For Pym Fortyn and Geert Wilders a liberal society isn't an open society. These European populists aim to make a particular interpretation of liberal values compulsory, while shutting out anyone – most obviously, religious minorities – who may not accept their interpretation of what freedom means.

An excerpt from Gray's longer mediation on this turn of events here.

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