More freedom. Strong families. New jobs. More giving. This year’s Prosperity Index from the Legatum Institute is a rebuke to the doomsters and gloomsters.
Support from local businesses, active citizenship, and the occasional competition – these are the ingredients for a strong civil society.
My regret is that, blamed for the disappointing result of 2010, the Conservatives dropped it as a slogan, and adopted a policy of “show not tell”.
It is neither paternalistic nor libertarian, but grounded in a “compassionate conservatism” whose roots lie in Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.
The boards running hospitals, schools and housing associations often just believe what the staff tell them.
One has to question whether the influence of academia on our politics matters much compared to the influence of the media
Prisons are meant to be places of punishment – and if you count enforced, soul-destroying idleness as a punishment – then they are fulfilling this function
Compared to previous generations, children are no more likely to come to harm when playing outside.
The 2010 candidate offers his newly-selected successor, Chamali Fernando, some tips.
One way of financing this would be to cancel their sub to the Local Government Association.
The Employment Minister understands how vulnerable many people are, and that to find work they need help and encouragement, not just rugged individualism.
The switch in Conservative rhetoric from the “Big Society” to the “global race” comes at an odd time.
Has Labour contracted out the development of its manifesto to an independent think tank? The short answer is ‘no’, but the long answer is much more interesting.
Imagine if a pre-mortem had been performed on the plans for the 2010 campaign.
…and about time, too – it’s a good idea and a potential vote-winner.