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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
The oak tree is not a bad symbol for the Tories' new logo. One of the truly great Tory thinkers, Edmund Burke, compared the state to a tree. It boasted deep, firm roots, yet it also spread its branches and grew. It could abound in new life while being comfortably rooted in the past. A week is a long time in politics, and the oak, although an immigrant to these islands, has been with us at least since the last ice age ended some 10,000 years ago. So, it's less foreign than, for example, the Norman families who came over with William in 1066. And, it tends, like a proper Tory prime minister, to go on and on.
Except that today's "thrusting young Tory modernisers" of "Cycling Dave" Cameron's Notting Hill set would be better served symbolically, he writes, by a potted bay tree.