Sunday, December 18, 2005
Cognitive Dissonance, Pt. II
When David Cameron calls for the creation of "a modern, progressive, liberal, mainstream opposition to Labour", I assume, as the leader of a political party, that he's not handing out helpful advice to other political parties, looking for a niche in the British political system. That can only mean that he thinks that the Conservative party can be "modern, progressive, liberal, mainstream opposition to Labour". I had been operating under the impression that conservatives and progressives were diametrically opposed, since conservatism is about, as the name suggests, conserving things, while progressives believe in progress and so changing things, but obviously I must have been mistaken. Although it's a little late given the battering he's been getting, Charles Kennedy's retort to all this, that if he believes this, it is David Cameron who ought to be switching parties, seems to me eminently sensible.