Saturday, September 17, 2005

One Nation Under A Groove

Another little ditty for you:

"One nation under a groove
Gettin' down just for the funk of it
One nation
And we're on the move
Nothin' can stop us now."

But contrary to widespread belief, according to ConservativeHome, "One Nation" didn't originate with that classic seventies Funkadelics album at all. They reckon it actually came from Disraeli. Gears, presumably.

One thing we do know is that pretty well all our leadership contenders are laying claim to it. Despite the fact that nobody really seems to know what it means. In fact, as a concept it seems even slipperier than one of Mr Blair's solemn pledges.

Old-time politics hack Tony Howard, writing in today's Times, confesses outright that he doesn't have a clue: "while the label remains an emotive one, it is a little difficult to know what it now signifies".

Sir Malcolm R reckons it's a "deep sense of the need for social justice and an end to poverty and inequality". But that would make Karl Marx a One Nation Tory.

Cuddly Ken defines it as 'Toryism with a social conscience combined with a free-market economy'. Which is so anodyne that it encompasses not only the entire spectrum of opinion in our own party, but also most of the Labour and LibDem parties too.

David, I can't go on.

In reality, "One Nation" these days is little more than a piece of code that says "I'm nice, not nasty". When it comes to claiming One Nation credentials, the Funkedelics got it absolutely right:

"Here's my chance to dance my way
out of my constrictions
Givin' you more of what you're funkin' for."


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