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Sir Alan Greengross’s quiet resistance

Sir Alan’s brand of Toryism had its followers in Camden – and, fortunately, it still lingers on.

24 August, 2018

THE death of Alan Greengross marks a wave of post-sixties “One Nation Tories” who were at odds with the Thatcherite revolution.

Theirs was a quiet resistance – occasionally successful. They reflected a brand of Conservatism with tendrils traceable to the 19th century when the seedlings of a mixed economy began to appear both in Europe and Britain.

Up to a point state intervention in the economy wasn’t frowned upon. Today’s mantra of “Private good, state bad” would be anathema to them. Sir Alan’s brand of Toryism had its followers in Camden – and, fortunately, it still lingers on.

Unlike many politicians he had a hinterland of interests in the arts and was a fine painter, and with his wife, Sally, also had a great charitable spirit.

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