There’s no shortage of bad unconservative things the Conservative government have failed to in the last decade. And no shortage of good conservative things they’ve failed to do. So it’s hard to decide what their worst, most damaging failure has been (but feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments).
But there is one that really sticks in my mind. It’s probably not the worst thing they’ve done, but to me it really crystallised the fact (which I had strongly suspected) that they really had no intention of halting the state’s shift to the left. And that is their failure to follow through on their promise to have a ‘bonfire of the quangos’. In fact, what we’ve had since then is more and more power shifting to quangos and other non-democratic quango-type organisations.
All across the democratic world, more and more power has shifted away from elected national governments towards non-elected bodies – international organisations, law courts, treaties, quangos. Governments have voluntarily surrendered their own authority. But in doing so, they have limited democratic choice: voters are told that there are things they cannot do, choices they cannot make.