IS THE Conservative Party libertarian? Judging by comments left on this and other blogs by their supporters, the answer has to be a resounding “yes”.
But Dizzy has today has an intersting post, contrasting the populist views of leading Tories like Ed Vaizey and Iain Duncan Smith with libertarians on the specific issue of the controversy over The Dark Knight and its certification.
The fact, surely, is that the Tory party will only ever be as libertarian as the electorate will allow them, and as authoritarian as the electorate want. There’s no principle at all here. Should the party adopt a more libertarian stance on Issue X? A quick poll suggests 30 per cent in favour, with 32 per cent for a more authoritarian approach. Decision: authoritarian approach.
Isn’t politics so easy when you’re in opposition?