Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Progress Dismisses Davis

'Having coffee with a Conservative moderniser last week, I was astonished to hear him say that he believed there was a strong social democratic consensus in the UK that the Tory party needed to recognise and adapt to... My companion saw the 1980s and early 1990s as a 'blip' and believes that the Conservatives will not regain power until they accept the progressive consensus.

There is a chasm opening up between those like John Redwood and David Davis who still believe in small government and low taxation, and those who recognise that the Conservatives cannot win while they go into elections without supporting strong public services.

Nick Gibb [a moderniser Tory MP], on the other hand, argues that we should accept central control of spending. He suggests that real accountability means politicians taking responsibility for the state of the public services and that this can only be meaningful if those politicians have some control over the way in which those services are provided.'

Who says? None other than the latest edition of Progress Magazine.

Who they? 'Progress is the independent organisation for Labour party members and trade unionists...currently undertaking a year-long progressive deficit dialogue. Progress is chaired by David Lammy... vice chairs are Parmjit Dhanda, Tony Robinson and Ruth Turner...honorary president is Alan Milburn.'

By their coffee companions shall ye know them.

If I ever hear Lammy or Milburn big up DD, this blog will close down.
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