July 29, 2011

IT'S EASY ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THE SIMILARITY OF BLAIR AND BUSH...:

Cameron guru preaches 'Red Republicanism' (Ben Smith, July 28, 2011, Politico)

Phillip Blond, the celebrated policy adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, visited Washington this week to test the American reception to the "Red Tory" approach that helped sell Cameron and his party to the British public.

Blond shaped Cameron's argument that conservatism should focus not just on free-market liberty but on building a stronger society and that "Big Society" has become Cameron's version of George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" or Tony Blair's "Third Way."

Blond made his case to legislators on Capitol Hill Tuesday and to Grover Norquist's private Wednesday Meeting of conservative leaders, and made the rounds of conservative activists and think tanks.

"I talked about how the model of capitalism that we've run with for the last 30 years is broken," he told POLITICO Thursday. "We spoke in the language of free markets, we spoke in the language of economic liberty, but what we've actually done is produced serfdom for the many and oligopolies and cartels for the few.

"I was very surprised by the widespread level of agreement that that got," he said.


...but harder for Brits to accept that Blairism is just Thatcherism and for Americans to accept that W just continued Clintonism.


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