David Cameron today called the latest report from Policy Exchange 'insane'. As well he might. But for the modern Conservative Party, the only thing insane, was to say this stuff out loud.
Because for the think tank, the ranks of which make up a large chunk of the new Tory establishment, these views are nothing out of the ordinary.
The report which basically suggests that government should concentrate most of its investment on London, Oxford, and Cambridge and fuck off the rest of the country, has been unsurprisingly rejected by the Tory leader.
But as the Conservatives move towards removing powers from Scottish MPs, and removing investment from Labour supporting boroughs in London, it is precisely this kind of thinking that is coming to the fore.
In London, where ex-Policy Exchange director Anthony Browne now directs Tory policy, Boris Johnson is already pursuing a divide and desert strategy.
The strategy where the poorest are deprived of funding (most notably in the scrapping of half-price fares for people on income support) while left-wing events and organisations are deprived of investment is the logical conclusion of the 'donut strategy' pursued during the elections.
In fact the report which envisages a land of endless (Tory) suburbs rolling out before a deserted hinterland is donut-politics writ large. The North has failed. The North is Labour. Come on people, head to the donut rim
Of course none of this is made explicit. On the face of it, this is still a one-nation unionist party. But in deeds rather than words, the Tories continue to support their base and turn their face to the rest.
And while Labour continue to appease the unappeasable Right while frustrating those on the left, the Tories will ride to power with overwhelming support from those people the party was born to serve.
This post now also appears over at Liberal Conspiracy