The Thatcherite caricature of Conservatives as small state crusaders only alienates the majority of the electorate
After a seven-week break, MPs arrived back in Westminster this morning –a whole fortnight before the next recess. With the imminently-expected cabinet reshuffle, all eyes will be on the political big shots over the next week. But this isn’t the only thing on the Conservative Party agenda.
This year has seen a string of catastrophic events, including significant errors made by government ministers, piling more pressure on Cameron – as with each occasion the buck ultimately stops with him – and once again his judgment is under the spotlight.
Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into Baroness Warsi’s conduct under the Ministerial Code. He has not ordered the same investigation into the conduct of Jeremy Hunt. It is arguable that both Warsi and Hunt are at fault. The accusation of double standards has arisen, as have implications of racism and sexism against the critics of Baroness Warsi.
The electorate punished the Liberal Democrats in the local elections. But the UK is becoming more liberal. And this is why the Tories, despite calls for Cameron to go the polls now, should stay in coalition with the Liberals.
Contrary to the Tory caricature of a creaking public service, the NHS is, in fact, a relatively dynamic organization. The government’s recent proposals caused a flurry of activity and a series of adaptive changes have taken place already.
It’s called “the shock doctrine” and it originated in the University of Chicago over fifty years ago. It was designed by a group of economists headed by right wing ideologue Milton Friedman. They possessed an almost religious belief in an unregulated, laissez faire, free market utopia and their idea was simple; the best way to introduce whole system privatization and an unfettered free market in any arena is through chaos.
The essence of democracy is disagreement, not consensus. As Karl Popper argued, we should beware the idea that exists a Rousseauian “general will” of the public, that can be identified by political leaders.
The Liberals did split when Joseph Chamberlain and his followers decided that they couldn’t live with Irish Home Rule. But Gladstone’s Liberal Party always outnumbered them.
This morning news broke that David Cameron had chosen to axe two members of his “vanity staff” after he reversed his decision to employ a personal photographer and camerawoman at the taxpayers’ expense. We look at the other stories slipped out of the back door today.
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