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Samizdata quote of the day

There’s a conference called A Conservative Renaissance in London today. But I can’t see any renaissance coming to pass whilst the Conservative party is being run by a Blairite. Before any rebirth, the old order needs to die, and given the dire threats we face from within, we don’t have the luxury of waiting for them to literally pop their clogs, so the sooner the better.

– A certain Tory who shall not be named. I made a somewhat similar observation myself.

8 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Paul Marks

    Basic principles are not an annoyance or a burden, or an example of silliness – as the establishment believe.

    Basic principles are foundational – without them nothing good will stand. This the leadership do not understand.

  • Who the hell would pay to go to a conference where there are ten speakers and they’re all Conservative politicans?

  • Schrodinger's Dog


    You think Theresa May is a Blairite? Really? I’d place her well to the left of Tony Blair.

    In the 1980s, when I was in the UK, I was a member of the Conservative Party. This was back in the good old days, when Lady thatcher (PBUH) was in power. At election time, I actually went round, knocking on doors and pushing leaflets through letterboxes. By contrast, were I to give you my unfiltered opinion of today’s Conservative Party, you’d almost certainly ban me.

    To paraphrase from another context: “What do you think of the Conservative Party?”

    “I think it would be a good idea.”

    So perhaps we should wish the Conservative Renaissance people well. They just might bring one about.

  • Who the hell would pay to go to a conference where there are ten speakers and they’re all Conservative politicans? (Hector Drummond, Vile Author, May 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm)

    Someone whose alternative was to pay more to go to a conference where there were twenty speakers and they were all Labour politicians.

    Is this not the world we are in effect living in? We are governed by Theresa May and must pay tax for the privilege. When we voted last year, the alternative was to be governed by Corbyn and taxed more for that privilege.

    I presume those who attended felt they were pursuing ways of keeping the latter alternative hypothetical, and making the former less reliant on the horrors of the latter to make it attractive. Like Perry, I feel with regret they have their work cut out for them.

  • Neil, my emphasis was on ‘politicians’ rather than ‘Tory’. But still, who would want to spend a day listening to a lot of hot air? They’re not even talking off the record. Better you than me.

    And if you’re thinking it’s a chance to influence them, well, the message to the Tories is simple: “You’re now a left-wing party and we’re only voting for you because of Brexit and Corbyn. If it wasn’t for those two things we’d rather shoot you than vote for you’.

  • I was always a Conservative voter, I held my nose when Heath was in charge. No longer, we voted for and expected a conservative government and got socialism in spades. High energy costs, bans on every thing and everyone, disaster in the air over Brexit, “deaths and taxes, and so it goes, and now I’ve got a cold in the nose”,life gits tedious, don’t it”.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Authoritarianism and State Control are the new normal.

    The problem is that free markets and liberty are not the specialization of the left, you will always have an authoritarian-minded Labour Party, whatever the stripe, the stripe is just a deeper red, that’s how they rule. With socialism wrapped up in large demographic voting blocks that are constantly getting larger (the workshy, new immigrants and public sector workers), the only alternative is an authoritarian right, there simply is no room for a libertarian splinter, if there were we’d just have an even more authoritarian left boot stamping our face forever, I think the real freedom lovers among the Tories know this.

    The current state of play among the nation’s snowflakes means this is likely to be a generational phase, although there are indications it may not be so.

  • Thailover

    Paul Marks, The far left (in my opinion, both political sides in the UK), seem to think that nothing exists/everything is subjective/imaginary except power. That’s why they’re obsessed with the power dynamic of groups and group identity. Viewed in the perspective of Plato’s 3-part soul, they’re trapped in Eros (the soul of desires and appetites), and will never see the Logos. To them, everything is a “worldly” zero-sum power struggle.