Disheartened by the lack of conservative leadership? Take heart, Americans, in that we don’t have it as bad as the British Conservatives. The Conservative Party under David Cameron released yesterday its new “draft statement” of “Conservative aims and values.” It’s rather defensive (“Conservatives are not ideologues”) and shockingly Labour-oriented. It bill the party as a “modern, compassionate Conservative Party.” It celebrates Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s aims of economic efficiency and social justice. Their chief failure? Not realizing these goals. It pays lip service to generally conservative notions, but contains all the political code-phrases: debt relief, fair trade, sustainable development and climate change. Their quarrel with Labour? You got me.
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