What is One-Nation Conservatism?

June 27th, 2019

| Conservative leadership candidates have spoken at One-Nation hustings. But what even is One Nation Conservatism? ⠀ ⠀ Here’s what you need to know:

The One-Nation Conservative concept was introduced by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli at the end of the 19th century. He feared that the country had been split into two nations of rich and poor as a result of industrialisation. Unlike Marxism which required an uprising from the working class to seize the means of production, Disraeli supported putting pressure on the aristocracy to change their practices to support better working conditions for workers. This was part of a wider aim to gain support from the working class and translated into some social policies and laws to protect workers. One-Nation Conservatism drove Conservative politics through the world wars, through the era of post-war consensus (which saw some massive social reform) and eventually was ended by Thatcher with her politics of the neo-liberal, New Right. Modern day One-Nation Conservatism is often called
The One-Nation Conservative concept was introduced by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli at the end of the 19th century. He feared that the country had been split into two nations of rich and poor as a result of industrialisation. Unlike Marxism which required an uprising from the working class to seize the means of production, Disraeli supported putting pressure on the aristocracy to change their practices to support better working conditions for workers. This was part of a wider aim to gain support from the working class and translated into some social policies and laws to protect workers. One-Nation Conservatism drove Conservative politics through the world wars, through the era of post-war consensus (which saw some massive social reform) and eventually was ended by Thatcher with her politics of the neo-liberal, New Right. Modern day One-Nation Conservatism is often called "compassionate Conservatism". One-Nation Conservatives support environmental protections, good regulation and universal human rights. Current One-Nation Conservatives include: George Freeman, Nicky Morgan, Sir Nicholas Soames (grandson of Churchill) and Amber Rudd.

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