The following letter was published in The Times on April 17
Sir, Tories have indeed dreamt, in David Cameron’s words, “of building a property-owning democracy for generations”( “Right to buy for 1.3m families”, Apr.14). The phrase was coined by a young Scottish Tory thinker, Noel Skelton, who also gave us “compassionate conservatism”, in 1923. It had nothing to do with housing. The aim was wider ownership of industry with profit-sharing schemes for workers.