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A burst of freedom

Back in the 1980s, at the high noon of Thatcherism, tomorrow seemed to belong to her young zealots.

Radical libertarianism captivated the youth wing of the Tory party, the Federation of Conservative Students.

Some of the most prominent of them believed in taking the philosophy of personal freedom to what they saw as its logical conclusion, arguing for the legalisation of heroin and a free market in sexual services.

That was too much for Margaret Thatcher as it was for her party chairman, Norman Tebbit, who, after an antic too many, closed down the FCS.

The Times' columnist Tim Hames tells the story of their heady rise and abrupt fall.



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