Read this article by George Pitcher in today's Telegraph. In it, he outlined some of his personal philosophy thus .... "I don't like a big intrusive state, but I want to be properly taxed for good public services, including education. I believe in personal freedom, but that includes the freedom to think liberal thoughts. I'm against capital punishment, but also vehemently opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. I hate religious extremism but I am...pro-religion" .... The article suggests that this is a description of "an unreconstructed old Leftie" in the eyes of what he referred to as 'Righties', or 'intolerant Tories'.
What stuck me is that Mr Pitcher had written some unreconstructed old bilge. His description of himself fits me and most other Conservatives that I know. He's not an old Leftie at all. He's a modern Conservative.