Sunday, 3 April 2011

Why I still hate Tories

Having joined the Liberals back in the mid-1980s, mainly out of disgust for Thatcherism and a recognition that libertarianism is more naturally-rooted on the left, the adjustment process to the body-language of being in league with the Devil is very disconcerting.

It is quite possible that the leading lights of the Conservative Party have undergone a Damascene change, but they are probably just as avaricious, grasping and repugnant as they always were - but richer as a result of opposition and the appalling tax policies of the previous government.

Below the surface, one of the most telling points of the anti-AV argument (in itself damning) is that there are people like Ken Clarke who think that it will lead to an upsurge in support for the BNP.  Presumably the argument is that the average carpet-chewing fascist already votes Tory as it's second-best to the real thing, and that freed from the shackles of FPTP they will put the Tories second rather than first. 

At least then we'll know what we're up against.

The problem I have is that Liberals and Tories are never comfortable bed-fellows - mainly because the utilitarianian/Rawlsian tradition does not really intersect with either economic neo-liberalism or patrician pseudo-largesse.  And when you meet or encounter the second- and third-division Tories it is not difficult to work out where Nye Bevan got his views from.  Not for them the traditions of public service or even a recognition that "society" exists. At some stage I'll get round to Brian Coleman and other London luminaries - the snoutage is truly breathaking and their contempt for democracy astounding.

Breaking down tribalism is a noble soundbite, but it takes two to engage, and the Coalition is far closer to shotgun foreplay than a firm purpose of redemption.

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