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Samizdata quote of the day

But I don’t get the impression that Cameron and his Coalition are any more interested in personal liberty or rolling back the frontiers of state than their predecessors. The “Big Society”, indeed, is a watered-down version of the sort of bogus, grand, unifying scheme employed in the Fascist Italy of the Thirties.

James Delingpole

7 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Verity

    James Delingpole’s aim is true.

  • 'Nuke' Gray

    Does this mean that, finally, the trains will run on time?

  • Jane

    Spot on Delingpole.

  • John B

    Yes, absolutely.
    Cameron was the compromise that the Great British electorate were persuaded to vote for so the agenda could just keep rolling along.
    The powers-that-be must be concentrating furiously now so that a Thatcher does not follow their Heath.

    Delingpole is very good. He just needs to look a little bit further as to where we are going. Or does that take a Farage?

  • Johnathan Pearce

    Wow. I saw the same quote and was about to put up a SQOTD. Perry, you’re a mind-reader. This is scary!

    The comment thread contains some pompous oafs who cannot imagine why JD cannot write about something more hind-minded. Er what, exactly?

  • Paul Marks

    Well that would explain the talk of “Social Justice” from teh government.

    Ian Duncan-Smith I can give a pass to (he is uneducated – and most likely does not know what “Social Justice” means).

    But David Cameron has a First Class Degree in P.P.E. from Oxford – that may not mean much, but it must at least mean he knows what “Social Justice” means.

    So either he is lying, or he actually believes that all income and wealth by rights belong to the collective and should be “distributed” according to some political rule.

    Either way (whether he is an endless liar – or really believes in this evil doctrine) he is unfit for office.

    Handing out copies of Cas Susteen’s “Nudge” book (i.e. totalitarianism by the installment plan) and telling ministers they should treat the work as a guide to their actions (i.e. not something to guard against – but something to support and follow) is hardly a good sign either.

    Yes “Fascist” is not too harsh a word for such a philosophy of government.

  • Simon Jester

    I thought the following, related quote (from this article) by JD could have made an even better SQOTD:

    Think of Dave as the secret love child of Mussolini and Ted Heath and you’ll begin to understand what a heap of trouble this country is in.