September 28, 2005

Death of politics

A really interesting piece by Melanie Phillips, published first in the Daily Mail and then on her blog.

She starts with the question why the political party conferences have become so unbearably dull. Having gone through the three main parties and their inability to say anything of interest or importance, she draws a few general conclusions:

"But while they [the main parties and their leaders] were all dancing on the heads of these various pins, a host of really divisive issues emerged which the three parties had no interest in addressing because they did not reflect the vested interests around which these parties had been formed. Worse still, they deeply divided the population. So for politicians looking for votes, these were issues which spelt political disaster and were therefore best avoided altogether.

But they happened to be the most important issues of all because they were deeply connected with enormous changes in British society which would change it beyond all recognition. These were not to do with economics or class. They were cultural and moral issues -- family breakdown, drug abuse, social disorder, the erosion of discipline and punishment, immigration, multiculturalism."

The whole piece is very well worth reading, though people who have seen my rather gloomy e-mails, postings and comments will not be surprised.

Posted by Helen Szamuely at September 28, 2005 06:54 PM

This is a good short statement of what Blair has done in Britain:

...presided over a cultural revolution -- tearing up the British constitution; progressively undermining and then nationalising the family; reversing a century’s efforts against vice by liberalising drug law, drinking and gambling; changing the whole identity of the country through a covert policy of mass immigration and ruthlessly promoting multiculturalism; and weakening the nation and its founding values even more fundamentally by ceding more and more power to supra-national power-brokers such as the EU or human rights lawyers.

American conservatives need to hear this kind of thing more often.

Posted by: Lex at September 28, 2005 10:28 PM

Alas, a great deal of that was accomplished under the Conservatives. Not all and not quite with such dedication. But that is why they are in such a mess - ghosts haunting thme like Richard III.

Posted by: Helen at September 29, 2005 07:43 AM