Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Cameron's mixed signals

. Various things continue to keep me away from blogging (expect normal service to resume next month sometime) but I can't resist a very belated guffaw at David Davis's very hollow victory in his by-election/vanity crusade. All that being said, I was wandering around Politics Home and was more than a little amused to find on it's afternoon web update two stories about David Cameron; one claiming he was moving further away from Thatcherism and one (directly below it) claiming he was moving deeper into it's dark embrace.

Stumbling and Mumbling argues that Cameron's call for a 'US-chapter-11' style bankruptcy law is a "flat contradiction of standard neoliberal economics" and therefore a decisive break from Thatcherism. However, Paul Waugh in the Evening Standard argues the exact opposite; he seizes on comments Cameron made during a speech on 'morality' in Glasgow. Cameron said that;

"The Labour Party for a long time said only it could deal with deep poverty, because it understood about transferring money from rich to poor. I think we have reached the end of that road.

We have now got to look at what are the causes of the poverty we see in our country. The causes are family breakdown, worklessness, drugs, alcohol, failing schools and we need quite conservative solutions to deal with these problems."

Waugh says that many Conservative MP's will be "delighted" with Cameron's comments. I rather feel that the latter comments are more indicative of Cameron's true nature but he is smart enough to realise that you simply can't win elections by making those kind of statements your central message let alone your sole determinant of policy. However, despite his rhetoric about wanting to support 'hard-working' families there is no doubt that the central thrust of Cameron's Conservatives is still against poorer people and in favour or richer people (allot of noise about the 10p band but the flagship change is a reduction in inheritance tax). In other words, the Conservatives remain the party of vested interests. Our job has to be to get under the skin of the Tories and expose these contradictions.


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