The commentators 19-06-14
...on British politics
If Margaret Thatcher was at the height of her powers and in parliament today she would be focused on the problems of 2014, not 1974. She’d be enthusiastic about Michael Gove’s education reforms and Iain Duncan Smith’s changes to the welfare state. She’d see them as essential to building citizens fit for liberty. The Methodist in her would also be preoccupied with how government could support marriage, charitable giving, saving and home ownership.
- Tim Montgomerie, The Times
The Tory call for schools to teach British values has been met by a chorus of liberal jeers. British values can’t be defined because they can’t be agreed upon, or because talking about them might implicitly denigrate other cultures, or because they can only be absorbed, rather than taught. The proposal is a can of worms or an authoritarian nightmare or a “sticking-plaster solution that’s coming unstuck”
- Jenni Russell, The Times
Public disillusion with the three main parties has never been greater. A prime reason for this disconnection is the sense that the political class inhabits its own bubble, utterly divorced from the lives of voters. The Commons is meant to represent the nation but too many professional politicians, cocooned by subsidies and party machines, have no experience of the real world.
- Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
The political class needs a bigger gene pool. As long as the twin demands of diversity and authenticity are not met, the technocratic elite is losing any semblance of a mandate.
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
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