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By Peter King

Does the Coalition executive symbolize a brand new politics in Britain, or is the recent govt simply the standard Tories hiding at the back of an opportunist pact with the Liberal Democrats? Does major Minister David Cameron vary from earlier Conservatives like Margaret Thatcher, and if that is so, how? This ebook appears to be like on the Coalition executive within the context of conservative rules and seeks to evaluate what, if something, is new approximately it. the hot Politics offers a particular and unique view on Conservative principles and coverage at a time while those rules are resurgent in British politics. The e-book demonstrates the range and variety of right-of-center rules and the way within which those tell key coverage concerns. It considers how Conservative principles hyperlink into the wider political culture and feature knowledgeable coverage making over the longer term. the hot Politics offers a readable account of Conservative principles and the way they influence on key coverage matters, and it additionally bargains course to a brand new Conservative executive.

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Some of these ideas, such as property and personal responsibility, have always been intrinsic to conservative thought since Burke, but the support for markets is not something the party of King and Country would necessarily have favoured 150 years ago. Of course, not all conservatives accept the centrality of markets and economic freedom. Many traditional conservatives have been concerned over the destructive nature of liberal policies, as have the so-called ‘red Tories’, who are critical of the role of the state as well as of laissez-faire economics (Blond, 2010).

But why should they need forcing if it is in their nature to seek progress? There does, therefore, seem to be something of a contradiction here between what progressives claim and the electorate’s apparent susceptibility to deceit at the hands of cruel conservatives. Which would progressives have us believe is true? Honderich (1990), for example, argues that the aim of conservative ideology is only to protect property ownership and existing property relations. Private property rights merely institutionalise existing inequalities.

But we cannot become proficient by book learning or though classroom instruction. ’ (p 261). One cannot pre-empt political action, merely react to it. 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.

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