Friday, April 09, 2010

Who Is the UK Ignoring?

 David Cameron promises to fight for "great ignored"

Officially launching his party's election campaign, Conservative Party leader David Cameron pledged that his party would fight for the "great ignored" of British society.

"Young, old, rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight. They start our businesses, operate our factories, teach our children, clean our streets, grow our food, keep us safe. They work hard, pay their taxes, obey the law", he announced. "They're good, decent people – they're the people of Britain and they just want a reason to believe that anything is still possible in Britain."

Cameron will have to work hard to convince a great many Britons that they've been forgotten -- Guardian columnist Libby Brooks, for one, seems far from convinced.

But as Ryan McMaken points out, certain political trends in Britain have grown far out-of-control.

The British state has often been driven to rather peculiar means by people whose proposed ends often seem rather obscure -- the kind of injustices that often reveal statist visions of "social justice" for precisely what they are: a vision of victor's justice.

Families disrupted by dubious means. Homeowners denied the right to defend their property and family. Business people severely punished for conducting their business.

And, even on top of all that, all the Britons who have sounded the alarm about the kind of country in which these kinds of things can go on.

"This election is about giving them that reason, giving them that hope," Cameron insisted.

It will be up to David Cameron to make the case that a Conservative Party government can turn back these groping hands of a far-too-invasive state.

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