Thursday, 3 December 2009

Brown gambles all on 'hate and greed' strategy

Abandoning any pretence at being a Statesman, at being a man to unite the nation, Gordon Brown reverted yesterday to the greasy-haired Scots technical-college lecturer heckling the visiting Mayor. Brown has stepped firmly back onto old-skool Socialist territory, garnering support by an appeal to men's lowest instincts, for hatred and naked greed. The ugliness and irresponsibility of Brown's reversion surprises me not one jot; all he's ever done is for personal and party self-interest at the cost of our national well-being. My loathing of the man and his government has never been deeper.

Labour is a party of two-nations; one to be robbed, and one to be bought. This is as far as Brown's distinctly third-rate intellect will take him. Cameron remains the sole advocate of a one-nation Britain, in which we all move forward together. He hasn't accepted it yet, but Localism is the one approach that will kill Labour for ever and cement us as one Britain, one people. As Philip Blond had it in Prospect:
The next step for conservatism is to reverse the old politics of class, by restoring capital to labour. Cameron should reject the Marxist narrative that paints Tories as wedded to a disenfranchised proletariat. On the contrary: conservatives believe in the extension of wealth and prosperity to all. Yet the great disaster of the last 30 years is the destruction of the capital, assets and savings of the poor: in Britain, the share of wealth (excluding property) enjoyed by the bottom 50 per cent of the population fell from 12 per cent in 1976 to just 1 per cent in 2003. A radical communitarian civic conservatism must be committed to reversing this trend. This requires a considered rejection of social mobility, meritocracy and the statist and neoliberal language of opportunity, education and choice. Why? Because this language says that unless you are in the golden circle of the top 10 to 15 per cent of top-rate taxpayers you are essentially insecure, unsuccessful and without merit or value. The Tories should leave this bankrupt ideology to New Labour and embrace instead an organic communitarianism that graces every level of society with merit, security, wealth and worth.
I think it is a complete misnomer to call Blond a 'red Tory'. Cameron is a red Tory. Eric Pickles is a red Tory. Why? Because red Tories believe in a central State, in a Federal Europe, in a metropolitan concentration of power, in political patronage and the primacy of central party apparatchiks, in over-riding personal freedoms 'for your own good'. Cameron's Socialist Conservatives are only a whisker away from Brown's Blue Labour party. Blond is off the scale, on a fourth axis, espousing a manifesto that is wholly Old Tory.

Brown has moved forward, and left his goal completely open. This is Cameron's final chance.

5 comments:

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"the great disaster of the last 30 years is the destruction of the capital, assets and savings of the poor"

Indeed. And once the next great wave of inflation hits (next year?) the whole thing will kick off again, only this time it won't just be the poor. This is the socialist way: reward your client state by stealing everyone else's stuff through devaluation. I note also that they're now proposing a tax on increasing house prices! Yes, that's right - they cause the numbers to increase by debauching the currency, and then they tax the victims for the privilege!

otoh this "the share of wealth (excluding property) enjoyed by the bottom 50 per cent of the population fell from 12 per cent in 1976 to just 1 per cent in 2003..." is surely nonsense. What on earth is the point of statistics about wealth which "exclude property"? If I have £1m and I buy a piece of property, am I suddenly poor? I think not.

Raedwald said...

Yes, I agree it's a strange distinction - most normal people's wealth is in property

talwin said...

"Brown reverted yesterday.....", and, "Brown has stepped firmly back into old skool Socialist territory....".

I don't disagree with your sentiment, Raedwald, but
apart from a bit of recent, ill-concealed pragmatism (engendered by the likes of Mandelson and McBride), much of the evidence points to the fact that Brown has always been the heckling, greasy-haired Scots technical college lecturer; and, in fact, much worse: odious man.

Tom Bower's 'Gordon Brown' reveals much by way of confirmation.

Budgie said...

If only it were Cameron's final chance. The man has repeatedly squandered incredible opportunities to hit Labour because of Brown's serial incompetence.

Never mind detailed policies, under Cameron the Tories have failed to develop a coherent philosophy. Apart, that is, from a few bits of bandwagon jumping like AGW, and his infatuation with the EU.

It is time the Tories ditched Cameron, just as Labour should dump yesterday's failure Gordon Brown.

tomsmith said...

"A radical communitarian civic conservatism must be committed to reversing this trend. This requires a considered rejection of social mobility, meritocracy and the statist and neoliberal language of opportunity, education and choice."

No thanks. Egalitarianism didn't get labour very far.