It was always going to be difficult for the Tories to suggest to the world that they had seen the light and come over all socially liberal. When Pickles suggested that there you couldn't put a cigarette paper between Lib Dems and Tories on such issues Norman Tebbit spoke for most Tory activists by wondering out loud what exacting was in that cigarette paper-maybe drug reform will be the next Tory policy announcement.
Now news reaches us of how these obvious contradictions are being played out. It is hard to present yourself as socially liberal and take up with the nasty folk the Tories have befriended in Europe. Now Stephen Fry and friends have pointed up the lack of credibility facing both ways produces. Mind you in Southport we have leading Tories who put out leaflets defending Section 28 who are now trying to pass themselves off as -if not exactly socially liberal-certainly people who would never of dreamt of adopting such a position