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David Cameron's grapes are sour

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"For a brief period, it looked as if David Cameron was going to inaugurate a revival of classical-liberal and conservative thought", says Civitas director David Green. "Before Christmas, he sent an emissary round think tanks such as mine, asking how we could help his policy review." So how did that go?

Not great, according to Green. The new Tory leader "has spent the past few days shutting down options before his promised policy commissions have even been appointed." As Inspector Rex might say "Grrrr!"

So obviously "it’s not worth committing much time and energy to Mr Cameron’s policy reviews." Not that Green ever really thought there was much hope. You see "the Conservatives have not been receptive to ideas since they came close to nervous breakdown after 1997."

So now that all that policy review nonsense is out of the way, it’s time to get back to the real work — writing columns for the Telegraph. Chatting with political leaders is nice, but:

…most think tanks don’t measure their success by counting the number of policy ideas adopted by this or that party. Politicians rarely lead. Rather, they tend to follow public opinion, so the real challenge has always been to influence the thinking people in society, including academics, teachers, scientists, business leaders and many more.

Yes, it’s back to the trenches to fight the war of ideas.

Written by Admin

January 5, 2006 at 10:39 pm

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