Sunday, 18 April 2010

What's the Big Idea?

Well, it's not too clear, but according to the Conservative Manifesto, the Big Idea is that we're just a big collective:
How will we deal with the debt crisis unless we understand that we are all in this together? How will we raise responsible children unless every adult plays their part? How will we revitalise communities unless people stop asking ‘who will fix this?’ and start asking ‘what can I do?’ Britain will change for the better when we all elect to take part, to take responsibility – if we all come together. Collective strength will overpower our problems.
Do you hear the echo?  That's the sound of old ideas bouncing from wall to wall in an otherwise empty brain.  "[A]sk not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country".  Do the Conservatives really believe that random recycling of buzz-words will win them them the election? If so, they should point their supporters to these guys, who do the same thing more entertainingly:

A couple of samples:

"Last week, I met a wheelchair-bound farmer, who told me that paedo bikinis ruined this country by recklessly lending money."

"Last week, I met a white working-class nurse, who told me that bogus asylum seekers meant the dead going unburied."

"Last week, I met a disenfranchised Chelsea supporter, who told me that Facebook was just getting far too uppity."

[Hat Tip: Rory Hodgson]

We know how the Conservatives intend to cope with the enormous national debt: they will waste money more efficiently than Labour.  What they don't discuss is cutting spending on social welfare and the sacred National Health Service, freeing the economy, and repealing the myriad assaults on individual rights passed into law by the present regime.

I fear that the Conservatives, so far from having a Big Idea, have no ideas at all.

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