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September 05, 2012

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You're far too generous, even in ironic mode. The reshuffle should be evidence, if it were really needed, that Cameron is fully committed to the course of destructive austerity (or sound money), social division and the stripping of national assets.

This is not a weak but decent man pandering to the visceral right, but a two-man junta (with Osborne) intent on using crisis as cover to dismantle the welfare state. Never forget that Cameron's only real experience, and his undoubted talent, lies in the field of PR. His promotion of Hunt to health shows this instinct at work.

The "long decades" after his premiership are more likely to feature City sinecures and gentry pursuits, not extensive reading. As for writing, you can expect the same self-exculpatory tosh inflicted on us by Blair and most other ex-PMs. The diaries of Warsi or Clarke might be worth reading.

Dick Pountain

Their choice of politics as a basis on which to experiment with their own affected identities is entirely arbitrary.

Hmm, not sure about that *entirely* - most of their other options (eg SAS, bank robbing) require skill with firearms.

George

I find it strange that the one example you quote as the toxic seed of the collective memory of the tories as the nasty party is the unemployment of the early 80s. Remember they won three more elections after that (83, 87 & 92). That's a strange memory that lies dormant for 15 years (PTSD perhaps?). I would tend to think that the de-industrialisation is toxic only for those that directly suffered (and they were never going to vote Tory anyway), the rest either thought it unpleasant but necessary or were indifferent. My own view is that the toxicity came from the slow, year on year starvation of resources for state education and healthcare. Eventually that could be seen to be affecting everyone but the richest Tories who were inflicting it - and that really was toxic.

It also persists because people fear it is a policy they can, and do, return to over and over again. This is unlike de-industrialisation which you can only do once without a period of re-industrialisation which we never got.

Gavin

A nicely written letter with some insightful observations. Although I would have thought writing to a brick wall would produce a more practical outcome :-)

Maybe it would be worth writing to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, I's suggest it's because of their choices that so many voters felt the conservative party were the better choice to vote for :-/

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