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Have Britain’s Tories Been in Power Too Long?

By Martin Ivens

24 Apr 2022 · 4 min read

After winning a fourth consecutive general election in 1992, the U.K. Conservative Party chairman told then Prime Minister John Major that they had “stretched the elastic” as far as it would go. Soon after, it snapped.

The Tories had been in power for 13 years at that point and had become arrogant and complacent. Major’s government became mired in sleaze and lost its sense of purpose. In 1997, Labour’s Tony Blair became prime minister.

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