That Tory speech… October 7, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics.
As he notes:
[what it lacked was] any emotional connection with the millions of food bank and Poundland Britons (increasingly middle-class, the Daily Mail tells us) who are having a seriously hard time.
And also there was an:
…inability to acknowledge that it was badly regulated markets, labour markets, financial markets, energy markets of the kind “set free” by the conference’s patron saint, Margaret Thatcher, which have failed the country so clearly since 2008.
No mention of low wage, insecure jobs, of rough justice from Atos-style fitness-to-work tests.
This one is gold:
No attempt either to explain that Theresa May’s one-third reduction in net immigration is probably down to student exclusions and the visa squeeze on high-end IT specialists which so annoys big business.
That might have unsettled Cameron’s audience with complexity – and given Nigel Farage a soundbite.
And I like this assessment:
For all his praise of small start-ups (his wife’s included), Cameron still sounds like the corporate suit he once briefly was. We all want to push out children to get on in life, he said. At the back of the hall we smiled, remembering the call from Buck House which landed Dave his first job at party HQ.
Unfair, of course. Life is unfair and Tory grandees pretending that all you need to do is work hard and play by the rules is uplifting for many – but insufficiently so for those trapped by forces beyond their control. “Land of opportunity” will not cheer the Neets or the jobless 50-somethings.
A great point made in comments. Easy for Cameron to talk glibly about… ‘we wouldn’t let our children…’ …but what about those who haven’t got parental or other networks to fall back on.
Same old tories…