Letter: Conservatism Is Not the Right Way Forward

The Birmingham Post (England), September 18, 2008 | Go to article overview

Letter: Conservatism Is Not the Right Way Forward


Byline: Bill Haymes

Dear Editor, Barack Obama's analysis of the world crisis across the financial markets which ought normally see his victory in November is surely correct in that, Iraq aside (the EUR3 trillion war), what is happening represents a denouement of Bush's dogmatic free market economics and love of small ie "inactive" government.

Yet according to The Birmingham Post (September 16) a leader of a British party who is strongly pushing the line of cuts in public spending, one tiny part where actually quantified to be taken from the abolition of the DTI, an organ especially important to West Midlands manufacture, is pursuing a new "mature politics" and is not in fact as is the case seeking to dress up that old chestnut so demonstrably perverse today that small government as opposed to effective government must always be good into an aura of modern-day respectability, even originality.

There is clearly nothing at all wrong with fair taxes and tax cuts as was agreed two years ago by the Lib Dems, so what has been happening this week is in fact a media relaunch.

The problem is in fact that rather than taking a real risk and communicating a deep commitment to fairness, which along with other good policies on education, health, transport and the environment, would begin to re-engage a bitterly cynical electorate, what the Lib Dems propose is much more aimed at benefiting middle-class professionals and will not win over the many more millions of disaffected Labour voters and those who have dropped out completely after the disappointment of Blair. …

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