Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Cameron lurch to the right

The Independent reports that Cameron has re-ignited claims that he is lurching to the right after his comments on immigration last night.

Seumas Milne in the Guardian writes an excellent commentary on this lurching to the right business, entitled: "Now we see what the return of Tory Britain would be like":

Now, after two months of the Brown bounce, a series of public rows over policy and two humiliating byelection performances, the real Conservative party is reasserting itself - and giving us a flavour of what the return of Tory Britain would feel like. Start with the prospect of rightwing libertarian Boris Johnson, a man who thinks it's amusing to refer to Africans as "piccaninnies", regrets the end of colonialism and denounced the Lawrence inquiry into the racist killing of a black teenager as "Orwellian" - as Tory mayor of Britain's multiracial capital.

...on the crucial economic, social and class issues, Cameron's Tories stand where they always have done: if anything, they are moving on to even more extreme neoliberal territory.


  1. That to me sounds like he's criticising them for becoming liberal in some areas...


    Now, the rhetoric on crime and immigration, that is a lurch to the right and the illiberal. That is where to attack.

    These attacks on Boris are getting tired. He's part Turkish you know. He's also American. He is a product of multiculturalism. He just refuses to take the condescending attitude which many on the left take.
    Note he's not tried to use race as a political tool, unlike his opponents.

    Neoliberal is a nonsense label- if anything its a Marxist construct used to smear liberalism. The Tories are asserting some of the liberalism which they have in them, good. I hope that they continue to do so and expand it to other areas.

    There's little sign of any liberalism on the left - Labour are growing more and more authoritarian.

    Its funny, the left are now the conservatives. Lets see, throwing money at things has failed. What should be done? New ideas tried? No, more money, more centralisation, more of the same.
    Radicalism seems to mean conservatism. More of the same, a reversion to the failed policies of the post war years... More intervention...

  2. Tristan - many thanks indeed for those thoughtful comments!