Saturday, August 20, 2005

Cameron Talks More Sense

Interviewed by the FT, David Cameron seems to be talking more sense:

"My default setting is one of a compassionate Conservative who believes in the ladder up which all can climb and a net beneath which no one should fall. That's who I am: if you cut me down the middle that's what my core is."

Which is terrific, because it shows he's taken on board what DD told us about his own beliefs right at the outset:

'I was drawn into politics by Churchill's dream of a Britain in which "there is a limit beneath which no man may fall, but no limit to which any man might rise".

Fine. And in the interests of party unity, let's gloss over the fact that DC again distances himself from the last election campaign, of which he was a supervising architect. Instead, listen to what he says about co-payment for public services:

"We all know we're going to need to build some more roads. It seems to me fairly obvious that the road users are going to have to pay for some of those roads. We all know that we want Britain's universities to be the best in the world. That will mean that there ought to be some method of co-payment for people going on to higher education. These sorts of points should be part of our strategy to make Britain's economy the most dynamic one in the world."

You know, that's very nearly right. OK, road users already pay through the nose via licenses and petrol duty, but we know what he means. And it's certainly an improvement on some of the managerialist nonsense he's come out with previously.

The point I think he's still missing is that raising the money isn't the core issue. Co-payment for services provided by monopolistic state producers isn't enough. You've also got to have choice and competition. Our politicians and civil servants don't have a clue what's best for us- we need to decide for ourselves, just as we do with food or cars.

Still, it's encouraging progress. Maybe he could still work his way back onto our dream ticket.


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