Opinion – Former David Davis aide announces new pro-EU party – POLITICO

Politico reports that James Chapman, who has worked for David Davis and George Osborne, will officially announce the new party at a march in London on September 9.

Source: Former David Davis aide announces new pro-EU party – POLITICO

I wish James Chapman luck but he’ll have his work cut-out.

For sure, Chapman has outstanding political skills but he’ll need to make Nigel Farage look like a character in a children’s pantomime to reverse the Brexit damage. Chapman will have to lead the heavy-hitters. Watch for big names to commit to Chapman, especially Conservative & Labour senior politicians.

Fear will be the dominant factor in UK politics in twelve months. The public are tired, hard-up and angry and at the moment they’re taken in by the Pied Piper of Islington. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has been hijacked by shadowy right-wing politicians who are looking out for the best interests of the privileged.

james Chapman is staking his name to the middle ground of UK politics but can he reverse the magnetism of Far Right and Far Left populism?

Thoughts?

 

 

 

Opinion – Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist – Top Blogs Revisited

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropo...

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States. Mortality is correlated with both income and inequality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative Party (UK)

Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although originally a top blog in 2012, this posting is still very relevent today, especially in the US and the UK.

Source: Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist

Since 2012, the hedgefund managers have got closer to shadowy right wing politicians, especially in the UK’s Conservative Party. The rest is history: Brexit referendum; Article 50; and a likely Hard Brexit.

Bottom line: massively leveraged gains for the 1% and the 99% face loss of wealth, income, services and opportunity, plus greater dependency on immigration to keep the country afloat.

In the summer, with little hard news, left wing papers like the Guardian are blaming neoliberalism, free trade and open markets but their argument is wobbly.

The thing is there is no robust alternative to free trade and liberal open markets. Totalitarian Far-Left and Far- Right regimes have all failed – Communism and Fascism only benefited their leaders and their cronies, the 1%. I have always believed in compassionate conservatism but the UK’s Conservatives have gone back to their unfashionable roots, namely ‘tradition’ and ‘Old Conservatism‘. For the Conservatives to champion the 99%, they must offer radical visions, strategies and delivery. Having spent most of my life delivering strategic change, it is crystal clear, the Conservatives need a massive cull at the top – the next leader must be young, telepathic and strong. In terms of political philosophy,  a campassionate form of neoliberalism provides the methodology. Surely, it’s time for the return of the  New Right?

Thoughts?