The sixth piece in a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
The first of a ConHome series this week on Boris Johnson’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
In his speech, he quoted from the Bible, in its best and most traditional version: yet more evidence of his own conservatism.
A magisterial survey of conservatism since the French Revolution brings home how various it is, and how impossible to reduce to an ideology.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
“Our values are rooted in the fundamental belief that individual freedom enables both the greatest achievement and the gentlest kindness.”
His critics display the close-mindedness that they falsely suspect in him. Indeed, you won’t find a less partisan man.
Plus: by stealth, under the cover of Covid-19, Starmer is changing the Labour Party to one based on social democracy, rather than red-blooded socialism.
Clashes over Black Lives Matter or Extinction Rebellion are noisy, nasty – and, by definition, impossible for Johnson to keep out of.
The nation’s discourse has tossed liberty aside, leaving its citizens with a stark choice between dangerous socialists and climate-denying racists.
They don’t talk about politics in daily life; don’t write to local or national newspapers; most importantly, they’re not politically active online.
Maybe, just maybe, such a leader could take the Conservative Party in a different direction.
The more of us that come out of the closet – the political one – the more tolerant and reflective our culture will become.
Our electoral success has rested in large measure on an ability and willingness to adapt to the realities of social and economic change.
We give you divorce reform, abortion law in Northern Ireland, citizenship rights for three million Hong Kongers, and the rainbow flag.