If you want to cheer yourself up about the future of conservatism listen to my latest podcast with 16-year-old Soutiam Goodarzi.
Remember her name because one day she’s going to be Britain’s greatest prime minister since Margaret Thatcher.
Soutiam was raised beneath the veil in Iran in addition to spent her early childhood as a devout Muslim. Then she moved to England, discovered Margaret Thatcher, read the Quran more closely in addition to realised she didn’t at all like what This particular said about women. I met her at the Conservative conference in Birmingham in addition to she’s the kind of daughter any father might be proud of: brave, articulate, direct, super-bright — in addition to refreshingly free of all in which Third Wave feminist ideology to which so many girls are prone.
Also, she’s sound. Immensely sound. She wants lower taxes, smaller government; she believes in hard work in addition to personal responsibility; she loathes positive discrimination in addition to says she wouldn’t stand on any shortlist where women (or ethnic minorities) were given special preference; she can’t stand political correctness in any of its manifestations; she’d ban Muslim faith schools because of the damage they do to social cohesion; she’s a passionate Brexiteer; she wants tougher sentences for criminals in addition to more bobbies on the beat…
Imagine if someone had said all in which on the main stage at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham This particular week. They’d have won a standing ovation.
Instead what we got can be the ABBA-dancing Maybot, currently reprogrammed by some cunning spin doctor to perform in “Look at me! I’m normal in addition to likeable in addition to human” mode.
Only Remainers might have been taken in by This particular charade. in addition to only because they wanted to be taken in by This particular. Remainers like May because she’s one of them in addition to because her Chequers proposal can be Remain by any additional name.
The problem with May’s speech was not in which This particular was bad yet in which This particular was, by her standards, very, very Great: probably her best ever.
I say “very, very Great” not inside the sense in which This particular was anywhere near inside the league of great public speakers like Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage, or Michael Gove. Only inside the sense in which in political terms This particular was remarkably effective — giving the outward impression in which there was life yet in our prime minister’s stumbling zombie carcass in addition to in which, finally, yet finally she was ready to embrace proper conservatism. (Kind of like you’re meant to when you’re the leader of the Conservative Party.)
yet she isn’t, of course. In truth, Theresa May can be merely offering us a turd-polished variation of more of the same. She’s obviously not going to be diverted through her trainwreck Chequers plan. in addition to for all her talk of freedom in addition to limited government inside the earlier part of her speech, the later part revealed her for the meddling, micro-managing Nanny Statist control freak she truly can be.
As the ever-brilliant Allister Heath puts This particular inside the Telegraph today, “the stream of silliness never ends; petty meddling officialdom, empowered by the most controlling, puritanical government in living memory.”
Nor was Heath taken in by May’s pro-market rhetoric:
This particular was when This particular came to housing in which the disconnect between the brand-new pro-capitalist May in addition to reality was at its starkest. There was no movement on releasing more land for housing, or liberalising planning laws, or changing the rules in additional ways to encourage much greater amounts of high quality, private sector development.
Instead her big idea was to allow local authorities to borrow as much as they want to build more council flats. In additional words, she believes in which statism, not capitalism, can be the answer to the greatest social problem of our time. This particular leap backwards will be welcomed by almost all housing “experts” yet This particular can be a tragic repudiation of real conservatism in addition to could lead to councils engaging in, in addition to winning, bidding wars for land with developers.
Instead of embracing the 1930s design in which saw the private sector build vast, affordable suburbs in which remain well-known today, the Prime Minister can be opting for the 1960s Macmillanite council-led approach, which ended in tears. The contrast between This particular in addition to Boris Johnson’s brilliant exposition the previous day of the moral value in encouraging as many social (in addition to private) renters to become homeowners was striking. The best solution to the housing crisis can be to bolster home ownership by building far more private homes, not to create a brand-new generation of social tenants, which can be what could currently happen unless the Right to Buy rules are turbocharged.
Heath can be right to praise Boris Johnson’s brilliant exposition of Tory values. I think I was a bit harsh on Boris the additional day when I said he’d fluffed his Trump moment. The problem – as several better-informed commenters pointed out below my piece — can be not lack of will yet rather the need for tactical astuteness. All the Conservative Brexiteer camp are fully aware of how dangerous the Chequers plan can be in addition to of how ghastly Theresa May can be in addition to of how absolutely she must at all costs go.
yet they have to pick their moment. in addition to they have to do so in a way in which doesn’t a) jeopardise Brexit or b) usher in Jeremy Corbyn. So I do understand why Boris has to play This particular more carefully than some of us might like.
There’s little doubt though in which Boris — in addition to Jacob Rees-Mogg, of course — are much closer to where the conservative base can be than Theresa May in addition to her rotten crew.
I know This particular because while the official events on the main stage were moribund, all the fringe events featuring Brexiteers in addition to additional freedom-lovers were rammed. The Leave Means Leave event with Rees-Mogg in addition to Wetherspoons hero Tim Martin; the Bruges Group event with Priti Patel, Owen Paterson, in addition to Andrea Jenkyns; the Taxpayers Alliance event which laid into Britain’s ridiculous 0.7 per cent of GDP foreign aid budget; Boris’s speech: these were the places where all the action was. in addition to the majority of the young conservatives I spoke to there were just as sound as Soutiam Goodazi.
As I often say on my podcast, Generation Z are so robustly conservative they’re going to save us through our folly.
This particular was Great to have This particular theory confirmed in Birmingham.