What is Progressive?
By Andrew Garib, Campus Progress;
This discussion paper is based on American political culture but with regard to The British scene and George Osborne's speech yesterday, it has valuable points. Most pertinently, it carries perceived definitions. "Progressivism is a non-ideological, pragmatic system of thought grounded in solving problems and maintaining strong values within society.” very much the ideology of The Conservative platform as it exists today. Similiarly
"Progressives [understand] that government can be used as a force for good." But progressives don't simply ask "How can government help this situation," but "with the tools we have, both public and private, how can we solve this problem?"
Once more I see little to argue against but that this is very Cameron in its implication. A considered read of "The Big Idea for Britain's Future" by David Cameron, published in 2007, might easily be renamed "Progressive Conservatism". So does this mean Oldrightie is out of step? Are old fashioned Conservative ideals incompatible with this new approach?
Absolutely not. I see the need to adapt to evolving social changes profoundly important where those changes are for the better. I am beginning to feel more able to reconcile my working class roots with a fairer and more pragmatic course for my beliefs and ideology. What I cannot accept is Labours' and the Lefts hypocrisy and self-righteous pompous "know better attitude". All reasonable argument is dismissed, ignored or vilified, for purely confrontational need. A perfect example of this was Mandleson's rather pathetic and personal tirades around the media brothels for most of today. That Socialists regard "progressive" as their own property is, in itself, typical of my arguments against them.
Indeed this Government has been repressive of personal freedom, not progressive; recessive of social mobility not progressive. Like all Labour Governments they readily throw the baby out with the bath water. We as a Nation can only progress with a change of Government. I truly believe that is coming.
Well done if you made it to the end!
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
A Thought On "Progressive" Conservatism.
That Young George Is Good!