This is an excellent, thought-provoking blog from Oxford economist, Simon Wren-Lewis. I would recommend it as a MUST-READ, in my view. Check it out!
I would argue that attitudes to climate change represent an acid test of whether ideology has overtaken evidence in parties of the right.
As I digested the article, I focused on the policies of David Cameron’s government over the last three years, especially George Osborne‘s economic policies that have favored excessive austerity; for me, this has all been about ideology, rather than evidence based policy. Every respectable economist, including the IMF has called for fiscal stimulation in the UK but this has been ignored by George Osborne. We seem to be witnessing a recovery based upon inflationary property expectations because of the Government’s policy of guaranteeing property loans to first buyers. There still seems to be an absence of investment and focus on exports.
Another interesting theme is that David Cameron is basically playing to the right of the Conservative Party and that gay marriage and foreign aide are just a couple of sweeteners for the center.
Wren-Lewis’ conclusion is deeply worrying in my view:
The pessimistic conclusion for those who believe in evidence based policy may be that there is nothing that can stop the Republicanisation of the UK Conservative Party.