Monday, July 11, 2005

Doing The Right Thing

DD's main rival David Cameron must mean it because he keeps on saying it:

"I didn't go into politics to just disagree with people or position myself in some way against other people. I went into politics to do the right thing, to get things done for this country and so, if you agree with something, you should say so."

And who could disagree with that? (In the spirit of party reconciliation let's set on one side DC's close involvement with Michael Howard's narrow, and many would say, opportunistic election campaign.)

But the question is not whether we want a leader who 'will do the right thing'. Of course we do. The crucial question is how will the leader know what is 'the right thing'?

Cameron says the key is "to stick to your principles and ask yourself the question, 'Is this a measure that is in the long-term interests of the country? Is it something that will help deliver the dynamic economy that we all want? Will it deliver a decent society that we want to see in this country? Does it accord with Conservative principles'?"

Apply the opposites test. Would anyone seriously argue that we should enact measures that are not in the long-term interests of the country, etc?

The only one of his questions that has substance is the last: 'Does it accord with Conservative principles?'

And even then, he needs to elaborate on how he understands those principles.

Blairite managerialism is not enough. We've been there, done that, and the tee-shirt has shrunk in the wash.


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