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How I Became a Free Radical

John Carroll’s memoir in the May issue of Quadrant has stimulated me to write about my experience travelling politically in the diametrically opposite direction from him. He and I were at Cambridge at almost the same time, my last year being his first. I was then on the committee of the Cambridge University Conservative Association and a Europhile, co-founding the Confederation of European Student Associations in 1966. Now that I am in the middle of my third age, I travel ever further to the political Left. I started by fancying myself as Disraeli light: I am ending as Gladstone heavy.…

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