Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cameron, the handbag and the Tory delusion

Dissecting Dave's hubristic declamation that we are all Thatcherites now is all too easy.  With a bad set of local elections looming, in his heartlands where his normal acolytes may decide that Farage's populist  xenophobia is an appropriate bestowal of a local vote (which should be cast to deliver decent services and to enhance the democratic accountability of local authorities), and where the Tories were at their pre-2010 highs in the popular polls, he is trying to wrap the toxic brand of Bullingdon Toryism in a meritocratic figleaf.

Now that the mortal remains of Thatcher are suitably despatched, the bizarre hijacking of politics by a 1980s nostalgia boom may be open to a little more scrutiny.  The debasement of debate - which Cameron is only too happy to perpetuate - whereby everybody who does not wholeheartedly endorse the project is a subversive lefty, and the continuing denial that the core proposition of economic policy is not delivering growth or a reduction in the key ratios of indebtedness, means that we are definitely heading back to a period of half-witted, exclusionary policies.

One of the most frequent points that the right-wing rentagobs make is that Labour were in power from 1997-2010 and did not unpick the Thatcher legacy.  This is, apparently, an indication of the rightness of the policies rather than a demonstration that Blair and Brown were, in effect, neither traditional Labour nor social democrats in the context of European policy.  The argument that this invalidates any criticism or alternative is a noxious fraud that needs to be exploded at all times.

Cameron and Blair both lay claim to Thatcher's legacy - and Cameron is at best Blair-lite and at worst a gormless fool whose ability to recognise that his current brand of Toryism is in any way radical.  The toxicity of Thatcher's legacy needs to be continually played up - particularly in the way in which the cabal of cretins is merging the neo-con rhetoric with a foul brand of noblesse non oblige.  For all her faults, Thatcher at least did preside over the remains of slightly-increased social mobility and, despite the windy rhetoric of the right, she did not develop a consensus of unfettered markets - preferring instead to set up the crony capitalism that has undermined Britain ever since, and makes the framework for destroying it start from a point much further back than it need be.

Ironically, Thatcher only came to power because her guru, the late Sir Keith Joseph, was ruled out of contention for the Tory leadership after making a speech that almost amounted to a call for eugenics.  The Mad Monk is far closer to the swivel-eyed loons who currently stalk the land than Thatcher - even she had the occasional requirement to be pragmatic.  It was heartening, also, to note that Lord Tebbit remains undead, as a reminder to the gullible that the beasts still slaver beneath the smarmy surfaces of contemporary Toryism.

So Dave is doomed to failure if he tries to become a mini-me.  However much Blair tries to help him by derailing Labour, he does not have the advantage of confidence or competence.  In the next two weeks, if things go badly for him, the story will be of continuing Tory decline - and the vagaries of the GB national (and English local) electoral system could exacerbate this.  I would not put the probability at much more than 50%, but that's a good starting point to plan for serious gloating.  

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