After repeated assaults on civil liberties by the coalition, the party's grass roots are angry, worried and very distrustful.
The revelation from Peter Mandelson that Thatcher told him the Irish are "all liars" is of a piece with her attitude to Northern Ireland and Irish affairs.
On almost every measure, the number of social media supporters is now significantly greater than the number of formal party members.
By sabotaging reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Conservative MEPs have shown that they can't be relied upon to champion British interests in Europe.
A new YouGov poll shows voters reject policies including the sell off of council housing, the privatisation of public utilities and prioritising inflation over employment.
Only Labour has the values and the vision to respond to the public appetite for an end to market fundamentalism and gross income inequality.
The Conservative Party has never recovered from what it did to Margaret Thatcher and from the legacy of bitterness that resulted.
Over the last week, the party's lead has halved from 14 points to seven. With politics as normal suspended, the Tories may have benefited from a Thatcher effect.
Conservatives are winning a cultural campaign to nationalise their political bereavement and it will do them no favours in the end.
In his NS article, Blair says Labour is right to reject the argument that it "created" the crisis by overspending.