Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Cameron, Policy Exchange and Bluewashing Britain

David Cameron today called the latest report from Policy Exchange 'insane'. As well he might. But for the modern Conservative Party, the only thing insane, was to say this stuff out loud.

Because for the think tank, the ranks of which make up a large chunk of the new Tory establishment, these views are nothing out of the ordinary.

The report which basically suggests that government should concentrate most of its investment on London, Oxford, and Cambridge and fuck off the rest of the country, has been unsurprisingly rejected by the Tory leader.

But as the Conservatives move towards removing powers from Scottish MPs, and removing investment from Labour supporting boroughs in London, it is precisely this kind of thinking that is coming to the fore.

In London, where ex-Policy Exchange director Anthony Browne now directs Tory policy, Boris Johnson is already pursuing a divide and desert strategy. 

The strategy where the poorest are deprived of funding (most notably in the scrapping of half-price fares for people on income support) while left-wing events and organisations are deprived of investment is the logical conclusion of the 'donut strategy' pursued during the elections.

In fact the report which envisages a land of endless (Tory) suburbs rolling out before a deserted hinterland is donut-politics writ large. The North has failed. The North is Labour. Come on people, head to the donut rim

Of course none of this is made explicit. On the face of it, this is still a one-nation unionist party. But in deeds rather than words, the Tories continue to support their base and turn their face to the rest. 

And while Labour continue to appease the unappeasable Right while frustrating those on the left, the Tories will ride to power with overwhelming support from those people the party was born to serve.


This post now also appears over at Liberal Conspiracy

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So we cut them off. So what? No-one is going to vote for Labour anyway. Is this really the best you lot can do?

The Troll said...

Que?

Anonymous said...

Well Kelvin thinks the South should go it alone.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/columnists/kelvin_mackenzie/article1555358.ece


Whose to say that it wouldn't be a good thing for all.

The idea that because the South is now Tory it would mean perpetual Tory domination is not true.

A break up of the UK would mean that the present party political system would also break up.

The 'rightish' coalition that is now the Tory party would soon dissolve, the Euro-sceptics going one way, the moderate right-of-centre types another.Southern Labour would then intergrate with the Libdems producing a much more balanced political situation than now exists.

The Troll said...

There's quite a few stretches of the imagination there Anonymous.

angelneptunestar said...

"And while Labour continue to appease the unappeasable Right while frustrating those on the left, the Tories will ride to power with overwhelming support from those people the party was born to serve."

The Tories will ride to power with the overwhelming support of all the erstwhile Labour voters who just can't stand Labour anymore, who say they have ruined the country and who are vowing that Labour will never win another election.

Tim said...

Glad to see you're back and well, Troll.

But why do you insist on bleating about the 'scrapping' of this 1/2 price bus fare as if its instigation was some jealously guarded birthright?

I don't hear you squealing against the scrapping of the tax relief on mortgages or the married couples' tax allowance with such vigour...:p

but thank fuck that boris (for all his faults) has removed that stupid red bit out of londON...

The Troll said...

Oink Oink!

Or is it baa baa?

You don't seem quite sure.

prj45 said...

"but thank fuck that boris (for all his faults) has removed that stupid red bit out of londON..."

Will he be making the red buses blue next? Although the design spec for the new routemaster does state it must be RED.