My Maths teacher wondered that today. David Cameron is working fast to ditch decades of Tory opposition to redistribution, universial NHS healthcare and – well bascially everything Labour has always been right about. If 1994 was “How I learned to stop worrying and love social democracy” for the Labour party the Tories seem to be undergoing a similar experience now. They might be ditching conservatism instead of socialism, but it’s the same difference. Hooray!
Oh, and to hear the howls of anguish from the right. They didn’t think Cameron really meant change, they thought he meant a new logo and a smiling face on top of scummy old policies like the Patient’s Passport. (Also known as the ‘we still hate the NHS’ policy.) All the more extraordinary that he isn’t doing just that given that he wrote the damn manifesto only last year.
You have to feel sympathetic for Charles Kennedy in all this. He’s a capable politican but honestly, the Liberal Democrats are not where the action is. Surely the internal pressure to move right to occupy the Conservative space will grow now that Cameron is marching leftwards? I don’t know – but it isn’t looking good for them.
I have to mention George Galloway joining the Big Brother house. Ever since he phoned up Nic and shouted at him for something I wrote on DomSez I haven’t been too well disposed to Georgie so I’m a little sorry it isn’t I’m a Celebrity but oh well, this is good enough.
I checked out RESPECT’s website to see if they would mention it, but no, it’s a whine about London’s public transport. (How original.) This article annoys me especially because it’s utterly misleading – prices may be rising for paper tickets but are actually falling for Oyster, which is, uh, the whole point of the scheme! As for making ‘the City and Canary Wharf’ pay – how exactly would one accomplish this? Oh, it’s not even worth it. Enjoy your stay in the Big Brother house George. I hope you pay your own bus fare to get there.