Week 20: Villain – David Cameron

by George_East on May 17, 2015

Tory_VillainThis Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to Prime Minister, David Cameron for setting the grim tone of the next 5 years

Back in 2004 when George W Bush was re-elected for a second term over John Kerry in a closely fought and in the end narrow election, he declared that he had ‘political and he intended to spend it’. The lesson of that election was not that its closeness meant that Bush had to cleave to the centre, but that wining by however a small margin meant that he could now do whatever the hell he wanted. This led to huge tax cuts for the wealthiest and the near privatisation of social security – only stopped by the huge gains made by the Democrats in the 2006 mid-terms.

David Cameron appears to have taken a leaf out of Dubya’s book. In the few days since he was elected with a narrow Tory majority of 12 with 36% of the vote, he has acted in every way as if he had been returned with a huge landslide. Within days of the election, the Telegraph was being briefed that David Cameron had ‘declared war on the BBC’, the first step on the Foxification of the British broadcast media.

Then on Wednesday he made the scariest speech by a Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher described the miners as ‘the enemy within’. British liberty has always been based on the notion that if it is not expressly outlawed then it is permissible. It is a version of liberty which inspired the American Revolution and the enlightenment. So when a Prime Minister speaks in the following terms:

‘For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.’

We are in scary territory. This is the language of dictators. Trying to police and control the thoughts and lawful actions of citizens. There has always been a whiff of fascism amongst certain of the Tory hierarchy (Michael Gove being the most obvious example with his attempts at rewriting history while at Education), but this is a serious step in that direction.

With Labour now a wounded beast turning in on itself and nothing else to stop them, it is going to be truly terrifying five years.

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Dan Stasi May 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm

“it is going to be truly terrifying five years”
he’s not Pol Pot

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George_East May 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Well, that’s something at least.

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Mike Killingworth May 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm

He may not be Pol Pot, but he’s his Party leader first, and PM second.

And an increasing proportion of younger Tories are not really in favour of the Left being legal. Paul Staines, for example, has said that he doesn’t really want to be subject to the criminal law.

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