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By all the traditions of British politics, Edward Heath has no business being where he is today. Some Tory leaders did not go to Eton, but none went to a grammar school on a scholarship, as did the burly Kentishman with the rumbling laugh and the steely blue eyes. Some were born untitled, but none the son of a carpenter, like Ted Heath. Some Tories were chosen leader at an earlier age, but none since Disraeli in 1849 at the age of 45, a mere four years younger than Heath today. By all the...

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