Irvine Welsh: “I’m A Tory”

Irvine Welsh – the former heroin addict, one-time socialist and best-selling novelist who famously chronicled the dying days of Thatcherism – has revealed himself as an unexpected convert to the Conservative cause.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the author of Trainspotting spoke warmly of David Cameron’s attempts to revive his party in the wake of three shattering election defeats. He said of Mr Cameron: “What’s attractive about him, for me, is he is very much another Blair, but without the weariness and baggage.

“With Cameron, things feel very much like they felt when Blair was coming up to take over from Major. Just as Blair did for socialism, so I think Cameron is doing for traditional Toryism, or at least Thatcherism.” [Read more at The Daily Telegraph]