“They have nowhere else to go”. For generations, that was the smug mantra of self-reassurance uttered by Tory grandees as they promoted some initiative that was a slap in the face to their constituents and supporters, their interests, hopes, ideals and principles. So ingrained was the aversion of Conservative voters to Labour that Tory MPs could confidently implement leftist policies in the entitled expectation that their resentful voters would have no alternative but to return them to office.