Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Getting Irate So That You Don't Have To

Monday, 26 November 2007

Is This Man In The Trenches With Us ?

Still can't make my mind up about Cameron. For most of the time he strikes me as being just another opportunistic politician who'll say anything to get a vote or two. But once in a while he gives the impression that maybe, just maybe, underneath the smooth veneer and the prepared Commons soundbites, lies a deeply-held belief in freedom and, more importantly, a will to fight for it.

It's the sort of speech he made in Prague at the weekend that makes me wonder. Here's an extract.

"The battle for freedom and opportunity is never finally won. In each generation, those of us who believe in freedom, in human potential, in the idea that the strength of our society comes from the energy and industry and creativity of our people; those of us who believe in these things must be ready to fight for them because the enemies of freedom are never finally vanquished. They always live to fight another day. Today we can see the enemies of freedom preparing a renewed assault on our liberty. They do not mean to harm us. In fact, they mean to help us. But their ideas are out of date, their methods have failed and their advance must be derailed. I am speaking of the politicians and public officials who believe that they know best how to organise our lives. That they are the experts, so they must have the power. You can find them everywhere – in my country, in your country and in the EU itself. They are the last defenders of the bureaucratic age, an age before the information revolution and our new world of freedom that makes it possible to put real power in people’s hands. But in their desire to control, to regulate, to direct, the defenders of the bureaucratic age have over-reached themselves. They have gone too far. They have tried to do too much. And it has exposed the historic error of their ways.

"In Britain, bureaucratic over-reach has seen the Labour Government creeping further and further into the lives of British people. Millions of families sucked into a complex system of tax credits. An army of tax collectors that is now almost as big as our actual army. Fingerprinting children at school. And this week we saw a shocking consequence of this bureaucratic over-reach: a scandal where the government has lost the names, addresses and bank details of almost every family in the country. Are they learning the lesson? Do they accept that bureaucracy has gone too far? Of course not. They are stuck in the bureaucratic age. So they now want to take personal information about everyone in the country and store it on a national identity register. We are seeing this bureaucratic over-reach in the EU too. The desire for harmonisation and homogenisation – on tax, on regulation, on so many aspects of public and private life. It is the last gasp of an outdated ideology, a philosophy that has no place in our new world of freedom, a world which demands that we fight this bureaucratic over-reach and lead Europe into the hope and potential of a new, post-bureaucratic age.”

This is at least shows a decent level of understanding as the problems, their causes and the further dangers posed by ever-indulgent socialist meddlers. Now if that kind of stuff was backed up with some concrete proposals as to how he was going to roll back the government machinery and return power to those to whom it really belongs (namely us) then I might actually consider voting for him.


Alfie said...

Off topic...... So you're a fan of AFC Wimbledon then? My Son's girl friend's family are quite big shareholders in the club - and helped set it up after the split.

An interesting club - a people's club, and something that is going to increase in the future as the current lot of footy clubs increasingly price themselves out of the market.

Womble On Tour said...

Alfie - yes it's true, I've supported the Dons for over 30 years. I live too far away to be able to watch them with any regularity but my heart will always be in south-west London.
I'm a minor shareholder myself.
I would absolutely loved to have helped out with the rebirth but distance pretty much prohibited it.