2 comments on “Half a Cheer for George Osborne

  1. It’s a start.

    What’s important to understand is that there are many people on the right (including in organisations like the TPA and some wings of the Conservative Party) who understand that there is a culture war to be fought in this country, that there are numerous organisations like the education system, the BBC and local authorities that are naturally pro-large state, and that before you can get a real political shift in this country, you have to reach people and get them to understand that the state is not their friend.

    The TPA has been very successful in this regard by finding some of the most insane spending. People might not be able to think in billions about the state, might be swayed by arguments about how health is really important and that premature babies will die if we don’t spend billions and cough up, but tell them that a million quid is being spent on an opera involving 4 helicopters and keep repeating stories like that and the “message” sinks in:. If the state is so short of cash, how can it afford to do this stuff, and frankly, why is my money being spent on this?

    • I completely agree. The Taxpayers’ Alliance has been very effective in getting the debate started on all of this.

      You are right about “some wings of the Conservative Party”. My belief is though that unfortunately those wings of the Tory Party are both small and despised by the party leadership. Except under Margaret Thatcher, the Tories have a record of delivering “big government” and really Lady Thatcher’s “small government” agenda was a bit of an aberration in Tory Party terms. The Tory establishment hated her for it, and eventually they got rid of her.

      I do think though that the message is beginning to get across to the people. Recent polls show a big increase in the numbers wanting the State cut back significantly. And as “Antisthenes” never tires of pointing out on this site, our rulers will anyway be forced to cut back eventually as reality collides with them.

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