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The Most Ideological PM.

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Max Dunbar does a marvellous job of seeing behind the Cameron façade:

This is a fundamental misreading. We can judge a man by the company he keeps, and the content-free PR boss has surrounded himself with extremists and ideologues. He took the party out of the EU’s moderate conservative alliance to form an association with fringe anti-semites and SS fetishists. When the MEP Edward McMillan-Scott protested, he was expelled. Cameron’s A-list candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Philippa ‘Pray the Gay Away’ Stroud, is a Christian fundamentalist who once owned a chain of hostels dedicated to ‘curing’ alcoholics, addicts and the sexually confused; when Stroud lost what should have been a safe seat, he appointed her a special adviser at the DWP.

Stroud leads the Centre for Social Justice, a thinktank set up by Iain Duncan Smith to take the edge off the Conservatives’ public image. (IDS has said as much: he told the Guardian that the party needs to ’present a set of values which represent compassion… You need people to say, rather like they say about Labour, actually these are OK, they are decent people, their heart is in the right place.’) Abortion limit monomaniac Nadine Dorries has been backed by Christian Concern for Our Nation (CCFON); its director Andrea Williams believes, according to the New Statesman’s Sunny Hundal, ’that abortion should be illegal, homosexuality is sinful and the world is 4,000 years old.’ Williams also runs the Christian Legal Centre, a pressure group that plants stories in soft media about nurses having their crosses yanked from their necks by uncaring NHS managers and Christian registrars forced to perform civil partnerships at gunpoint. Incredibly, it has been linked with Blackwater, the notorious mercenary army.

Cameron’s Conservative Party has an unhealthy reliance on web-based activism. The influence of the Conservative Home site in Tory circles is undisputed. Its founder, Tim Montgomerie, set up the Conservative Christian Fellowship when he was a nineteen-year-old student at Exeter – can there be a clearer example of a misspent youth? – and its membership now numbers around thirty Tory MPs and at least one Secretary of State. And finally, Cameron’s former chief of staff also used to be the research director for the Young Britons Foundation, a Monday-Club style subgroup that advocates abolishing the NHS and sends its members to residential camps that include training in sub-machine guns and assault rifles.

In this context, the Big Society can be seen as a return to Victorian politics when social welfare was the responsibility of the churches and the occasional eccentric billionaire. David Cameron is the most ideological PM since Thatcher and shares her ambition to return to a pre welfare state society. But at least Thatcher was honest about her convictions. Under the Big Society Cameron’s brave and empowered citizens will queue at the poor-house, food vouchers in hand, while the Jesus Army looks after the kids.

Update 1: For American readers here are a few pointers to the history of the Poor House and Work Houses in Britain.

Update 2: Flesh is Grass has a rather good piece on Tory changes in the provision of schools in Britain.

Update 3: In an unrelated instance the Torygraph informs us that Church of England charity set to receive £5million from Government. Hmm.

Written by modernityblog

07/08/2010 at 17:49

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  1. There’s no doubt in my mond that the current Tories ideologically like THatcher on steroids, I see that every day in work

    jams o donnell

    07/08/2010 at 19:03

  2. Exactly, but for the ultra Leftists like Seymour there is nothing to see, they lack the capacity to view the Tories for what they are, instead they will pull out a top-hatted cartoon version of them and wonder why they are not taken seriously.

    Equally, I think a double dip is a strong possibility, due to the Tory cuts.

    modernityblog

    07/08/2010 at 19:56

  3. Jeez Louise, Mod. Dont you think this is a little over-top?

    Good to see you posting again, btw.

    mesquito

    07/08/2010 at 22:48

  4. Er, no, I think it is a very moderate article, informative and I do think that people underestimate Cameron.

    Granted that is easy to do, he’s not exactly a statesman and his attempts at Churchillian speeches tend to fall flat, but he’s not stupid even if he’s not a particularly polished or stout OM

    Yeah, mesq, been away a bit, meant to post more but haven’t been to inclined, a bunch of drafts awaiting me….😦

    modernityblog

    07/08/2010 at 23:48


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