‘There was much to admire in David Cameron’s early rhetoric about “compassionate Conservatism”. Its criticism of the centralising instincts of the Labour government had merit, and its focus on the value of civic and associational life was powerful.’
‘Fiscal constraint creates a fundamentally new context and we need to go much deeper than a series of “offers” to tempt voters to the ballot box.’
‘Our approach will be driven by creating the conditions for people to come together to improve their lives together, rather than suggesting that there is a government solution to every social problem. And it will focus central state capacity on strategic goals rather than the fine detail of policy implementation. This will often involve using the state to affect the circumstances of people’s lives, but will also require everyone to contribute, step up and take responsibility.’
More of the same, then!
He’s changed his tune since this article:
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