Claiming that there’s only one acceptable way of thinking about anything sets us rolling down a slippery slope towards destruction.
Posts Tagged: The State
James Frayne: To contest big state ideas, small state conservatives need to get to grips with the detail
They must also rediscover the interests of the consumer – and be better at engaging working class voters on social issues.
To my mind, once some kind of base fairness has been established, then it’s best to leave cultural transformations down to demand.
Whatever happened to the Big Society? 3) Peter Franklin: The values of the all-consuming state or market both deaden the human spirit
Even in an age of austerity, government has plenty of power and assets, which it could on a small-scale, experimental basis transfer to the control of community groups.
We need to renew that belief, that self-belief, and that optimism – about people, about society, about freedom and about human life – more than ever.
Working alongside the Conservative MPs Lee Rowley and Luke Graham, we will launch in Westminster this evening.
Rebecca Lowe: I’d rather you didn’t go to watch strippers. But I don’t think the state should stop you.
Is there a going rate for such a job — which includes wearing a prescribed colour of underwear?
Rebecca Lowe Coulson: Unfashionable and derided it may be, but the concept of citizenship still matters
It’s notable that criticism of it, and of nationhood, typically comes from the privileged, within the most economically and politically secure nations.
Other than saying, “the state should stay out of things”, they haven’t had much to say. This must change. They need to set out how they’d do things better.
Alex Morton: Will this election deliver the Joe Chamberlain-style conservatism that May really wants?
In her belief in “the good that government can do”, she is quite unique in terms of UK political post-war history.
If politicians will create a big, interventionist state, then voters will expect them to manage it on a full-time basis.
We spend so much time arguing about what it ought or ought not to do that we seldom consider its fundamental nature.
OECD analysis indicates that the cost of childcare as a percentage of income for a two-earner family is now the highest in the developed world.
See his support for protectionism, big government, big debts – and more.
May warns Davos of globalisation’s downside – and “the cult of individualism”. Her speech: full text
“We need to recognise the way in which a more global and individualistic world can sometimes loosen the ties that bind our society together.”