David Cameron has been sold to the British electorate as a thoroughly modern politician, part Blair, part Thatcher, a one nation conservative with a soft spot for social democracy, the green movement, big and small business, youth, minorities, traditionalists, the armed forces and the old. Has a politician ever been sold as so many things to so many people, at home in fashion magazines as he is at Party conferences? But despite being told, arguably more, about Cameron the man than any other politician he remains vacuous, strangely unformed, a cipher for the real interests and forces he represents. The Meaning of Cameronis an unmasking of the false politics Cameron embodies, and an examination of the face the mask has eaten into.
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I thought this book was good on the deconstruction of meritocracy, and in tracing Cameron's lineage back through New Labour, and in its stirring cri-de-couer for socialism. Also good on the lack of power, sovereignty and legitimacy that the state now suffers because of global financial markets. But it's only 88 pages long, and that is pretty scanty for such serious content. So this is more a little thought-provoker than anything else. Or perhaps put more accurately, an essay.
Richard Seymour writes the blog 'Lenin's tomb'. In this useful book, he makes a lot of good points. He points out that Blair's evidence-based policy-making turned out to be policy-based evidence-making. Seymour cites the free market economist Ludwig von Mises, who taught Thatcher's idol Friedrich von Hayek, "It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilisation. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history." Immigration adds to the supply of workers to keep wages and workers down. Building too few houses drives house prices up. Privatisations put our money into individual accounts managed by the City, while former Labour minister Lord Digby Jones urges the government to 'starve the jobless back to work'. Last year the richest 1,000 Britons got a record 30 per cent more wealth, thanks to the government's pouring £1.2 trillions into the banking system to prop up the euro and stock market and property values. Between June 2009 and April 2010, national income rose by £27 billion, £24 billion of which were profits. The ruling class rules whatever the voting system, however we vote, whatever we want, whatever they say. Remember Cameron's 'cast-iron guarantee' of a referendum on the EU Treaty? Writing before the attack on Libya, Seymour ends presciently, "What is the meaning of David Cameron? He means war."