Ian Gilmour claimed that the Conservative Party is not an ideology. Instead others have argued that Conservatives are essentially pragmatic. This widely-held view has precluded research into Conservative ideology, leaving us with only a vague idea.
However, I think the current recession gives us some pointers. In response to the financial crisis David Cameron has pledged to reduce the rate of public spending growth. However, this positioning can’t simply be put down to Tory pragmatism. To oppose a fiscal stimulus just as the economy enters a recession is a major political gamble. As a strategy it has advantages, but it is not supremely pragmatic.Read the rest of this article here