Err, no Dave

David Cameron: Conservative government will be there for you from cradle to grave

Err, no, there’s a rather large number of us who would prefer that government allowed us to navigate our own path from cradle to grave.

What’s the point of only being able to choose between Blue fascism, Green and Red?

8 comments on “Err, no Dave

  1. The more this campaign goes on the more you realise that Cameron really is Blair circa 1996.

  2. ‘there’s a rather large number of us who would prefer that government allowed us to navigate our own path from cradle to grave.’

    A shrinking number.

  3. john miller,

    “The more this campaign goes on the more you realise that Cameron really is Blair circa 1996.”

    His political hero is Macmillan. He might make the odd nod to Thatcher, but he’s basically a paternalist, one-nation Conservative.

  4. It isn’t really a choice. The state is extremely good at shepherding people into their graves but the life bit they can’t manage. Their antics serve to increasingly shut down the market ( which is what actually does enable all our lives). The welfare wonderland is going to fall. Tyranny and prosperity will never exist in a stable relationship because tyranny–sooner or later–will do for prosperity.

  5. Well, your main parties are:

    Blue Progressive: Totalitarian State, that is nasty to poor people.

    Red Progressive: Totalitarian State, that is nasty to rich people.

    Yellow Progressive: Totalitarian State, wants to be nice to everyone, ends up pure random who it’s nasty to.

    The end of my doorstep conversation with the local Labour candidate two days ago went like this: me: “there’s not much choice at this election”.

    “There is if you’re a Progressive Social Democrat like me”, he replied.

    “That’s the problem isn’t it?” I in turn replied, and off he went.

  6. Mr Ecks – “Tyranny and prosperity will never exist in a stable relationship because tyranny–sooner or later–will do for prosperity.”

    I am not sure that is true. Democracies have always done for themselves in the end. It is hard to restrain the pillaging of the rich by the masses if they masses can vote. Autocracies on the other hand have often been richer. Persia was richer than Athens. China was richer than both.

    What is unique about northern Europe is that we have, sort of, managed to restrain our desire to loot our neighbours and so have been rich and democratic. That is now fading. It is a dead tradition.

    Don’t let the 20th century fool you into thinking democracies like civil liberties and autocracies don’t like development. Outside of Northern Europe, the only countries that have modernised have been distinctly undemocratic ones.

  7. “What’s the point of only being able to choose between Blue fascism, Green and Red?”

    Quite. Anyone fancy setting up a Liberal party?

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