Men with a plan

Daniel Cowdrill

These two men are the most important Conservatives of our generation. They have transformed our party’s fortunes and look set to head the first Conservative government for 13 years (on the basis that the next election is held in May 2010)

Beyond skillful presentation, team Cameron are building a coherent scheme of ideas that offer the country a fresh alternative and a narrative for government. As a Conservative  I think there’s a lot to be enthusiastic about. 

I was impressed by last year’s Michael Oakeshott Lecture delivered by David Willetts at the LSE. The Times described it as “an audacious attempt by the Conservative Party’s leading intellectual to relate a new Tory narrative”.  I think it really spells out the essence of modern Conservatism based on man’s self-interest in stable co-operation through social arrangements and formal institutions that encourage our biological reciprocal altruism. 

It’s a fascinating read which includes interesting applications of Evolutionary Biology and Game Theory. It is an early insight into the future of Conservatism. 

You can read it here.

Or, listen to the podcast.

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8 thoughts on “Men with a plan

  1. Pity we ditched Mrs T…. we wouldn’t have had to wait 13 years to get re-elected! We arrogantly thought we could stay in power forever. How naieve we were.

  2. Well, putting to one side for a moment the reasons why, the fact is the party has been out of power for thirteen years.

    We’re now in a very good position and the party’s narrative (allowing for inevitable deviations) is now crystalizing. As someone passionately interested in Conservative ideas I find this an interesting process.

  3. Oh I agree. Cameron and most of his team have done a fantastic job. They’ve done what all of Thatcher’s successors have failed to do: decontaminate the Tory brand. Having said this riding high in the polls creates the illusion of internal harmony but the true test of unity is not when youre at the top its when you are on the way down. So we’ll just have to wait and see how united the party is when we get down to the nitty gritty…

  4. I think you’re right about difficult periods being ‘the true test of unity’. Rather like 1990 I suppose.

  5. DC – “Beyond skillful presentation, team Cameron are building a coherent scheme of ideas that offer the country a fresh alternative and a narrative for government”

    That cheered me up, I didnt realise the BUCF blog started doing jokes

    DOD – “Pity we ditched Mrs T…. we wouldn’t have had to wait 13 years to get re-elected!”

    See comment above and repeat

  6. It wasn’t intended as a joke.

    It was based on the Oakeshott Inaugural lecture. Can I suggest you read it and then open your mouth.

  7. Thank you for sharing this DC! Indeed, I look forward, endorse and actively support the Conservative solution to our problems (largely brought about by Labour mishandling).

    Conservatism Lives and may God Save the Queen!

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