January 13, 2008
DOES ENGLAND REALLY NEED THREE CONSERVATIVE PARTIES?
Nick Clegg shifts to Right (Patrick Hennessy, 13/01/2008, Daily Telegraph)
Private companies and charities should play a bigger role in running schools and hospitals, Nick Clegg, the new Liberal Democrat leader, said yesterday.
In his first big speech as leader, Mr Clegg placed his party firmly behind reform of public services - a stance many Left-leaning activists will be uncomfortable with.
In another pitch for Tory votes, he also made clear he would not demand higher taxes. He called for schools to be freed from excessive interference by government, while demanding guaranteed hospital treatment for patients, who should be treated free in the private sector if the NHS could not provide treatment within a defined period.
One feature of the End of History is that the Anglosphere basically doesn't have any leftwing parties anymore. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2008 8:14 PM