Basher reclaims Thatcherism Blairism

“I stand for a new Tory idealism … I want to achieve the aims that moderate Conservatives have always championed; a strong society based on a free economy, with opportunity for all. … To achieve those aims we need the methods which have been championed by thinkers of the right; decentralisation, less state intervention, competition and choice. … This is an idealism that brings together the various Tory traditions, and gives us the route map to a healthy society.”
Blair could have replaced “Tory” with “New Labour” and given the same speech. Nothing wrong with what he said, but the test is to negate what a speechifier says to discover if its anything more meaningful than hot air. Who wants an unfree economy, without opportunity, centralised with more state intervention, less competition and no choice? No one in power, yet.



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