Is the Archbish right?
Is Rowan Williams right to say that “no one voted” for the Coalition Government’s policies?
He was talking about its “radical long-term policies” on health and education, but the charge would be more accurate if made of the Government’s deficit-reduction plan. Labour and the Lib Dems agreed on two-thirds of the Conservative spending cuts and tax rises.
And he has a point about the NHS, although Lansley’s reforms could have been presented as an intensification of Labour policy. The weakest link, curiously, is tuition fees, because Labour and the Conservatives both supported the Browne review of university finance and, had Labour been re-elected, it would probably have brought in something similar – if perhaps not going as high as a £9,000 maximum.
Has the Archbishop been reported as criticising Nick Clegg for having changed the Liberal Democrats’ position on the deficit? No, he seems to have been criticised for saying the Tories are heartless.
But then, reading his last paragraph, it is a genuine non-papist miracle that anyone can work out what he is saying at all:
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A democracy going beyond populism or majoritarianism but also beyond a Balkanised focus on the local that fixed in stone a variety of postcode lotteries; a democracy capable of real argument about shared needs and hopes and real generosity: any takers?
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