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The new progressive consensus..

May 12th, 2010 Posted in Election, UK Politics by

… was identifed back in November 2007…

Above is an interview on GMTV from November 2007. Mark Littlewood (once of this parish) is being cross examined by Steve Richards (of slightly leftie Independent fame). Littlewood nails it on the blue-yellow coalition. He is now Director General of the IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs) , the original free market think tank. Looks like the IEA might again be ahead of the curve!

4 Responses to “The new progressive consensus..”

  1. libertarian Says:

    I have just stumbled across this website. Not currently a member of any political party because none of them seem to have the same philosophy as me, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that you entirely share my vision.

    I have one question though how do you square your philosphy, vision and ideals with membership of an undemocratic, corrupt and restrictive/protectionist Federal European Union?

  2. Philip Says:

    well ahead of the curve. Since 2002, in fact, we have been having a lot of conversations with Lib Dem Orange Bookers, putting our authors in touch with them, getting them to make regular appearances on our panels and conferences and getting them to write for our journal and in our monographs. This is not so much as a result of some prophetic vision of a lib/con coalition but because they have been interested in hard thinking about economics

  3. Julian H Says:

    Hi libertarian,

    Thanks for your message. Alas I can’t respond in detail now, although the first thing I’d say is that one could easily ask:

    “how do you square your philosphy, vision and ideals with membership of an undemocratic, corrupt and restrictive/protectionist Westminster?”

    Feel free to get in touch by the way (julian dot harris AT liberal-vision dot org) and I’ll provide a more comprehensive answer.



  4. Jaded63 Says:

    Well, I’ve been watching British politics since 1952, when, as a rather precocious 7 year old, I used to be first to grab the New Statesman when it landed on the doormat, and run back up the stairs to read it in bed. I first voted in November ’64, and great was my thrill when Wilson (who I saw walk within inches of me during that election campaign, and it struck me how small he was – I’m 5ft 10, and I towered over him) got a narrow majority of 4 seats.

    One could observe that Cameron must have longed for a similar majority, compared to the position he found himself in on the morning after the election. However, I must say I’ve never seen or felt anything like this particular post-election scenario. I’m convinced that Cameron adjusted so fast to it that regrets quickly went out the window. He has turned a negative into a positive, and we might find, enfin, that this election result has been the best possible outcome for both the Tories and the Lib Dems. We could have a new hegemony in place that will dominate British politics for decades to come. This coalition represents over 60% of British votes cast. If it melds together, it will be very difficult to dislodge from power in the future.

    Clegg, too, has been very positive. I rubbished him as losing all credibility after his overtures to Labour, but it turns out he may have played a very successful and winning hand.

    The overwhelming impression I have is one of something utterly new and fresh in British politics. The wartime coalition of all three parties was born of a different type of necessity, and wouldn’t have had this born-anew freshness, or, indeed, dynamism, though it worked very well. It seems to me that this coalition may also work very well, and I wish both parties and party leaders success. They deserve it for their enthusiasm and open attitude. Old party shibboleths have been cast aside. Powerful elements of reason, principle, dynamism and togetherness, along with the wysteria, were on display in the back garden of No.10 yesterday.

    I don’t think the hacks, or the electorate, have really got it yet. This is the ‘new politics’ born, and a healthy, gurgling, cheerful infant it appears to be. Far from being ‘ a mongrel cross between a bulldog and a chihuaha’, as the jealous buffoon Johnson puts it, this infant looks distinctly human.