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  1. Thank you for taking my ramblings seriously enough to warrant a response. The issue about our enthusiasms is captured in your statement:

    “But the point is that there is this hunger for an alternative.”

    Certainly, some of us really have that hunger for an alternative — but it is difficult for us enthusiasts to gauge just how broad that hunger may be in the general population.

    The Conservatives today are a Party of the Left — at their best, analogous to JFK’s Democrats of the 1960s: a healthy industrial market economy is acceptable because it allows Government to do great things, like go to the Moon. Except that for today’s Tories, the great thing they want to do is to make the UK “Carbon Neutral” — a thoroughly Leftist goal.

    While the Conservatives are now a Party of the Left, we should remember that 56% of UK voters in the recent election gave their support to a variety of Parties of the Even Further Left. This does not suggest there is a strong majority hungering for a free market economy with less intrusive regulation and a governing class focused on doing a few critical things well instead of doing a broad raft of things badly.

    I have never heard Cummings speak. What he has written makes him seem like a typical university Ivory Tower type — intelligent in a particular kind of way, but not the person one would ever want to have fix the brakes on the car. If there is enough hunger for a real alternative to Boris’s blowing-in-the-winds Conservatives, it will need a better leader than Mr. Cummings.

  2. I generally agree with this, Gavin.

    >This does not suggest there is a strong majority hungering for a free market economy with less intrusive regulation and a governing class focused on doing a few critical things well instead of doing a broad raft of things badly.

    I agree. That’s not actually not what I’d advocate, though, not because I don’t like it, but because it doesn’t have a broad enough appeal. What is needed is getting rid of all the woke crap, and putting Britons first. I can live with economic centrism, or even centre-leftism, but the country can’t survive wokeness.

    >Except that for today’s Tories, the great thing they want to do is to make the UK “Carbon Neutral” — a thoroughly Leftist goal.

    Yes, and this is where they have they have most potential to come unstuck.

    >If there is enough hunger for a real alternative to Boris’s blowing-in-the-winds Conservatives, it will need a better leader than Mr. Cummings.

    Probably right, but if he did get forced out, and the Tories did go left, and he fancied starting a new party (which he probably won’t), then he could be a major player.

  3. “That’s not actually not what I’d advocate, though, not because I don’t like it, but because it doesn’t have a broad enough appeal. What is needed is getting rid of all the woke crap, and putting Britons first. I can live with economic centrism, or even centre-leftism, but the country can’t survive wokeness.”

    I agree. We survived old skool socialism, the Attlee years, precisely because it’s vandalism was economic rather than cultural. An economy can be rebuilt from socialist destruction pretty sharpish, given the right conditions, just look at post 1945 Germany. What can’t be rebuilt quickly if at all is cultural destruction.

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