Opinion – Liberals still ignore the grievances of the ‘left behind’ – Nick Cohen – The Guardian

Here’s a thoughtful article from Nick Cohen in the Observer/Guardian, citing the analysis a Harvard scholar. When liberals were in power, they abused economic management and squandered on social policies – this includes the UK’s Labour Party and the Democratic Party in the US. Because of grievances, we have the populism of both the Far Left and the Far Right. Let’s face, the Labour Party is now more Far-Left than socialist and the Conservatives supporting Brexit have swung to Far Right politics. Populist parties ignore the truth – for them the end justifies the means. But surely there is no social and economic justification for liberals to champion the grievances of the ‘left-behind’? Meanwhile, conservatives argue that the left-behind are lazy and not prepared to chase opportunities. Being a one-nation conservative, I believe passionately in self-help, albeit with proper social safety nets for the genuinely needy. Surely, there’s a political imperative to remove laziness from post-Brexit Britain? In the great post-Brexit utopia, the right will expect inherited wealth to come to the rescue and the left will demand social handouts. Surely, governments of populist leaders of both left and right must  turn to revolution because the ‘end justifies the means’? Thoughts?

Most people do not believe the Tories are on their side. My party has to change | Phillip Lee MP | Opinion | The Guardian

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Here’s a good op-ed, published in the Guardian/Observer. On the eve of the his party’s conference, a Conservative MP calls for a new vision to recapture support across all ages.

Source: Most people do not believe the Tories are on their side. My party has to change | Phillip Lee | Opinion | The Guardian

Whilst there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this article, it’s far too weak in my view. With Boris Johnson about to make a leadership bid, the Conservative Party is once again dominated by ‘traditional conservatives’, and the radical reformers are in the wilderness. So far, the Cameron/May years have been squandered, with the rich and privileged going from strength to strength.

I’ve always been a one-nation conservative in the Disraeli tradition but my left-wing friends tell me that one-nation tories are rare beasts these days.

Personally, I can’t see the Conservative Party appealing to younger voters in the next election. But the first step is surely a new leader, with the appeal to win the younger vote?