Cameron Seeks to Divide Britain

The problem with commenting on David Cameron’s speech on welfare reform today is there is such alot to comment on and so I’m not going to go into the details [there is a link to the full speech below].

There were parts of it that I am broadly sympathetic with, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as it was pitched at working people like myself, but there is a great deal which has left me feeling slightly uncomfortable.

There is a growing ultra-ideological strain in the Conservative Party which seems to be gaining more confidence and power in government and I’m beginning to worry about what kind of country I’m going to be living in ten years from today. They seem to be prepared to take advantage of the economic difficulties that this country, and Europe are in now and drive through extreme and profound changes in the way our society is structured. They appear to be moving in a libertarian direction and I view this as a dangerous development.

Moraymint wrote an excellent analysis ‘On Rising Tensions in Europe’ a look at how in the past economic difficulties have been followed by extreme politics and conflict. Today, libertarianism is the new fascism and if the ideologues in government and business are allowed to drive this agenda forward, the UK will become divided into two increasingly militant camps, and conflict is bound to follow.

Libertarianism is one of the stupidist and most shortsighted of all ideologies. It’s first principle is that there should be as little taxation as possible and what little taxation there would be, should be, spent protecting the wealth and property of the ‘haves’ from the increasingly marginalised ‘have nots’. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the ‘have nots’, in desperation, would be likely to turn to crime and that the UK could quickly turn into a police state,  its only raison d’être, it’s own survival.

As I said at the beginning, David Cameron pitched this speech at working people, he senses that there are legitimate resentments which he can exploit in the pursuit of an ideological end and he needs to get people like me on board but I worry about where all this is going because I know that libertarians are selfish and only care about themselves and the accumulation of wealth. I know that once those on benefit have been carved away from state support, the ideologues will look for further savings elsewhere, sooner or later it’ll be my health care and my daughter’s education at stake and who will be left to speak up for me ?

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out

— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out

— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out

— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me

–and there was no one left to speak for me. – Martin Niemöller

Cameron’s Full Speech 


Filed under Economic Crisis, Politics

2 responses to “Cameron Seeks to Divide Britain

  1. I think you have a point! The same kind of idalogical shenagans are going on here in the U.S.. We have GOT to look out for each other – isn’t that what we are taught in Church (those who are Christian) – and in many other faiths, too? I totally agree that marginalizing folks just leads to more problems. We should be seeking to lift them up. Yes, too often these high-ups play divide and conquer. We need to get smarter and more caring!

    BTW, have you looked at what Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have done about publicizing the problems of poverty here in the U. S.? I think you can go to and look for the arvhived episodes on poverty tour…. They also have a book out now.

  2. Spot on Jon. True Conservatism recognises the importance of social units and believes in society – but then I din’ think DC is one.