Margaret Thatcher's break with moderate, pragmatic Conservatism led directly to the frenzied single-mindedness of the 2010 Tory intake.
If you're not entirely keen on Halloween, you're not expected to sing its praises; if Valentine's Day makes you feel lonely and unloved, or seems far too commercial, no one will say this makes you a bad person. Not liking Christmas, though, makes you a joyless Scrooge. Bah, humbug!
To some people, asking yourself whether you feel more inclined to trust the tabloid press, the police, or a politician is like asking whether you'd prefer to swim with a crocodile, a shark, or a bunch of hungry piranhas.
As everyone's thoughts turned to Christmas, one former chief whip is hoping he might be able to rescue something from his disastrous 2012...
Such is the extent of the turmoil which British society now finds itself in that it's hard to tell where political scandals end and begin.
Review our live coverage of the last PMQs before Christmas with our live blog.
This is a key moment for the future of welfare reform.
Could turmoil on the continent help Ukip transcend the protest vote and make a real impact on British politics?
Cameron starts the week a liberal hero... and ends it proposing the first anti-gay law since Section 28.
Culture wars came Westminster this week as Tories tore themselves apart over gay marriage
The dash for gas helps neither the environment or our fuel bills
Read Ed Miliband's flagship immigration speech on immigration and diversity in full on politics.co.uk
The Scottish government is set to make the country smoke-free. It's a sane response to an insane industry.
Yes, the Intercontinental London Westminster is not an obvious art venue. Yet its art curator, Peter Millard, has assembled a collection of provocative works which, taken together, capture the essence of British political life.
This was David Cameron's first opportunity to bash Ed Balls since the shadow chancellor's autumn statement howler last week. Britain was in for a masterclass in bullying bravado.
Follow our live coverage of David Cameron trying to cheer Tory party spirits in prime minister's questions, as a weak winter sun shines down on Westminster.
To many of us, 'equal marriage' is an oxymoron. Let's remind ourselves equality and marriage have rarely intertwined.
The Foreign Office is very vocal about freedom of religion, so why won't it raise its voice against the persecution of non-believers?
David Cameron could launch the biggest rethink of British drug policy for 40 years today, but does he have the bravery to see it through?
Those who attack the Australian radio DJs are guilty of precisely the crime they claim to be so upset about.
This is Britain's version of groundhog day: every time George Osborne updates us on the state of his austerity plans, we're told there are five years to go until the misery is over.
More cuts are on the way as George Osborne announces the government will miss its debt targets.