By Peter King
Does the Coalition executive symbolize a brand new politics in Britain, or is the hot executive simply the standard Tories hiding at the back of an opportunist pact with the Liberal Democrats? Does major Minister David Cameron fluctuate from earlier Conservatives like Margaret Thatcher, and if that is so, how? This e-book appears on the Coalition govt within the context of conservative rules and seeks to evaluate what, if whatever, is new approximately it. the hot Politics offers a particular and unique view on Conservative rules and coverage at a time whilst those principles are resurgent in British politics. The ebook demonstrates the range and variety of right-of-center principles and the way within which those tell key coverage matters. It considers how Conservative rules hyperlink into the wider political culture and feature trained coverage making over the longer term. the hot Politics presents a readable account of Conservative principles and the way they impression on key coverage matters, and it additionally bargains path to a brand new Conservative govt.
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But there is also a second reason for a sceptical approach in politics. The ends of individuals and groups are contestable and plural, with no one set necessarily supplanting all others. There is no mechanism to adjudicate between different notions of the good life. It follows therefore that pursuing one end will impact negatively on others and undermine their realisation. We cannot put all our efforts into pursuing one end – be it equality, social justice or choice – without it impacting negatively on others.
P 9) Kirk, therefore, sees conservatism in religious terms, and in doing so stresses the importance of order, property and prudence. In justifying traditionalism Quinton offers a number of arguments used by conservatives. First, they cite the effects of unintended consequences, those outcomes of political action that were not, and could not, have been predicted by the actors involved. Changes in one part of the political realm may have consequences that were unforeseen and indeed ripple out to the extent that the repercussions may go considerably beyond the political realm.
First, there is a ‘Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, at bottom, are religious and moral problems’ (p 8). Third, Kirk points to the ‘Conviction that civilised society requires orders and classes, as against the notion of a “classless society”’ (p 8). He goes on: ‘Ultimate equality in the judgement of God, and equality before courts of law, are recognised by conservatives; but equality of condition, they think, means equality in servitude and boredom’ (pp 8–9).
The New Politics: Liberal Conservatism Or Same Old Tories? by Peter King