“Harris asked me if I’d ever been in the maze at Hampton Court. He said he went in once to show somebody else the way. He had studied it up in a map, and it was so simple that it seemed foolish — hardly worth the twopence charged for admission. Harris said he thought that map must have been got up as a practical joke, because it wasn’t a bit like the real thing, and only misleading. It was a country cousin that Harris took in. He said: “We’ll just go in here, so that you can say you’ve been, but it’s very simple. It’s absurd to call it a maze. You keep on taking the first turning to the right. We’ll just walk round for 10 minutes, and then go and get some lunch.” Politics is a fog. To make your way through it you need a map: a set of values and principles by whose light you are able move forward, with purpose and certainty. These ideological guides have many names — socialism, liberalism, conservatism — but, whatever your particular preference, without the accompanying conceptual to...

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