IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again – and well worth the read.
My pick this week – outside of the top ten only because of its more recent publishing – is William Clouston’s article ‘Where’s the opposition?’
William picks apart the tired notion – disproved at least twice daily through its response to the coronavirus – that the Conservative Party is ‘devoted to social continuity and the preservation of our liberties’. He explains that the Party has been able to get away with this con trick because, at a time when the need for political opposition has been at its greatest, that ‘underlying rationale for our party system has gone unfulfilled’. Only when the Conservatives – along with Labour – are held to account can we begin to hope to see any political change for the good.
You can, and should, read William’s article here.
Kathy’s pick is Michael Hegarty’s ‘This is Government by Bullying‘. It achieves that rare thing of stating a simple and crucial observation, a truth, which hasn’t been expressed as such before. While all the talk of a ‘new normal’ has produced no new ideas, Hegarty argues that irreconcilable differences between lockdown lovers and lockdown sceptics have exacerbated ‘the pre-existing division between two old worldviews’, one of which can be classified as socialist and the other as Judaeo-Christian.
The government, in opting for the former, as it has with the swathes of social and economic policies that have gone before, has however created a new element – that of marking those who object to the government’s actions. By ‘fixing them as the source of danger’, the government have created ‘a hostile environment for their opponents’. It is both disturbing and true and therefore an absolute must read.