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British Conservatives in a Pickle

by Christopher Chantrill
July 25, 2007 at 12:23 pm

IN BRITAIN they are trying to dry out after 50 year floods.  But in the Conservative media they are drowning from the incompetence of Conservative leader David Cameron.  At least that’s what ASimon Heffer thinks. 

The leader of the Labour Party, he writes, has shown himself to be a “serious politician.”

The Leader of the Opposition, by contrast, has no programme other than a concatenation of stunts... He finds the traditional beliefs, and the traditional believers, of his party utterly detestable.

Not surprising, when you consider that his only proper job before entering politics was in PR.

Here in the US Cal Thomas has written off not just the British Conservative Party but the whole United Kingdom.  Reviewing the Conservative Party policy document on welfare reform, “Breakdown Britain” and the hostility of the British courts to religion he expects things to get worse, not better.

Britain is broken. The cause runs deeper than the Tories can address, even if they win the next election, which seems unlikely.

In the present political season Republicans in the US are not feeling too good.  The Iraq War is a mess and Democrats are raising a lot more money to fund the 2008 presidential election. But a look at Britain tells us just how good we have it.

The reason that David Cameron is struggling is that he is leading a center right party in a country with two center left parties.  He is in the same position as US liberals.  Living in a conservative country they have to pretend that they are patriotic and respectful of religion and traditional values to get elected.

But everyone knows that liberals think that patriotism is really nascent fascism, and God is a delusion.

In Britain the Conservatives have to pretend that they are really centrists, that they really love government schools and government health care.   When everyone knows they do not.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


Civil Society

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Francis Fukuyama, Trust


Hugo on Genius

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César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


Education

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E. G. West, Education and the State


Faith & Purpose

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Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Conversion

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James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


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Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


Faith and Politics

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Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


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At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


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F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Conservatism

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Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


US Life in 1842

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Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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