Here's a timely quote from Michael Gove, one of the Conservative front  
bench's more interesting characters:

"Ferdinand Mount once argued, rightly to my mind, that the 20th  
century would have been happier had we “followed Gladstone, not Marx;  
William James rather than Freud; Arnold Bennett, not Virginia Woolf;  
Lutyens, not Le Corbusier”. But the turn towards Marxism, modernism  
and me-first-ism was a consequence of the shattering of the more  
gracious, settled, bourgeois world that prevailed before 1914. The  
collapse of parliamentary Liberalism, the crumbling of faith in what  
kept us civilised, the ebbing of confidence in old orders, all were  
casualties of the Great War. And we feel their loss to this day."