October 7, 2015

TO OWN THE THIRD WAY IS TO OWN THE FUTURE:

Conservatives stake their claim to the center-ground of British politics (Deutsche-Welle, 10/07/15)

"The Conservatives now have a majority government and this conference provided glimpses of what we should expect in the coming five years," says David Kirkby, senior research fellow at the liberal Conservative think tank Bright Blue. "Many see this as an opportunity to cement the party's appeal as the 'workers party', and policies such as the new National Living Wage are central for this."

Of course, it is Labour that is traditionally the party of the workers. In September, Labour elected the veteran left-wing backbencher Jeremy Corbyn as leader. The Conservatives believe that this was a gift. Speeches by Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne both emphasised progressive values and compassion in a manner not often seen at a Conservative conference.

"Cameron and Osborne had one clear item on the agenda at this year's Conservative conference: to root their political project in the center ground of British politics. They hope that with Labour swinging to the left under Corbyn they can win over centrist and even center-left voters who would previously have voted for Labour," says Charlie Cadywould, researcher in citizenship and political participation at the think tank Demos.

This is the opportunity Jeb has coming, especially if the Democratic primaries become a race to the Left.

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