Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time

Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time

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by Polly Toynbee, David Walker
     
 
Compassionate, caring, green: this is how David Cameron presented himself before the election. Once in Downing Street, he threw off his disguise. The laid-back old-school Tory emerged as the leader of a party on a break-neck mission to fulfil Margaret Thatcher's vision.

Polly Toynbee and David Walker, previously sharp dissectors of the Blair and Brown

Overview

Compassionate, caring, green: this is how David Cameron presented himself before the election. Once in Downing Street, he threw off his disguise. The laid-back old-school Tory emerged as the leader of a party on a break-neck mission to fulfil Margaret Thatcher's vision.

Polly Toynbee and David Walker, previously sharp dissectors of the Blair and Brown record, report that despite confusion and economic failure the Tories core commitment is unchanged. Looking in detail at the government's policies during their first two years in power, Toynbee and Walker warn in this lively analysis that by the next election the welfare state may be in irrecoverable ruins - unless the Tory mission to downsize and diminish the publish realm is brought down first by Cameron's incompetence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847087645
Publisher:
Granta Books
Publication date:
09/17/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
201 KB

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POLLY TOYNBEE & DAVID WALKER have co-authored The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, POLLY TOYNBEE is an author and a political and social commentator for the Guardian. DAVID WALKER was founding editor of Public magazine.

POLLY TOYNBEE & DAVID WALKER have co-authored The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, POLLY TOYNBEE is an author and a political and social commentator for the Guardian. DAVID WALKER was founding editor of Public magazine.

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Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
willyvan More than 1 year ago
Polly Toynbee, the Guardian’s social and political commentator, and David Walker, an editor of the Guardian Public Leaders Network, have produced a useful critique of the government. This government makes a principle of opposing all planning. It wants to get private firms into every part of society. In 2010 Minister Francis Maude said the government was relaxed about creating a postcode lottery for healthcare and other services. The authors claim, “Nothing Labour did prefigured this all-out assault on the coherence of the NHS.” But in fact, as they concede, Labour forced through independent foundation trusts to run hospitals and independent Primary Care Trusts to run GP practices. Labour kicked the door down - the Coalition ran through it. Toynbee and Walker’s chapter on the elderly is oddly titled ‘No pinch for pensioners’, though they describe the government’s attack on public sector pensions and note its ‘deepening cuts to all services for the old’. The government’s benefit cuts will increase child poverty. The government attacks young people by keeping 20 per cent of them out of work and cutting the minimum wage back to its 2004 value. The government attacks the disabled: it has cut the budget for the Disability Living Allowance by a fifth. The government ended the Education Maintenance Allowance. Its policy of hugely raising student fees and student debt has caused a 50,000 fall in student numbers since 2011. The authors note the collapse of the euro, but bemoan what they call the ‘track leading to dismemberment and autarky’ - which is really the road to independence and self-reliance. They argue that the LibDems are ‘fellow-travellers’ and ‘useful idiots’ - oddly outdated terms. In fact the LibDems are eager, conscious agents of Thatcherism. The Orange Book, edited by LibDem MPs David Laws and Paul Marshall, boasted that they would destroy our NHS. The LibDems’ coalition with the Conservatives exposes them for what they are. Toynbee and Walker point out that the government has “no economic policy, in the sense of a strategy for promoting investment, upping productivity or renewing the basic services such as trains and airports that business says are a precondition for growth.” As the authors conclude, “Whatever other disarray, this government is not for turning on cutting public spending, despite its economic effects on demand and growth.”