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    A REAL TORY RADICAL I've been eyeing up Peter Oborne for uite a while now but somehow couldn't stomach the thought of reading an entire book b

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    NB If this review is rather long that is because Peter Oborne's book raises a large number of issues that are very difficult to deal with brieflyI find this book to be highly perceptive about some recent social trends affecting politics in the UK; also on the plus side it is a real page turner written with caustic wit and with a clear and s

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    A meaty read thankfully I've lived through the times reported so I know the characters involved otherwise I don't think I'd have made it through Thought provoking albeit a bit fanatical I vaguely knew this was the case without ever really understanding how it worked

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    This is one of the most explosive and relevant books I have ever read It is the missing link and most brilliantly written between the traditional concept of British government as I learnt it as an A Level student in the 1980s and still large

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    There were a few times when I thought I might be packing this book in It started becoming probably when Oborne who is a journalist for the Telegraph painted the higher ups of the financial world as saints who find

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    A depressing but generally well argued piece on the direction of politics in the past 30 years or so broadly away from politicians with experience of the outside world into a political class who in collusion wit

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    A disturbing book about how the Political Class in the shape of New Labour in collaboration with the Media Class took charge in the UK relegating the Establishment to a hollowed out supporting role

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    Interesting stuff and easy read as you follow the British Political affairs You wonder whether it is necessary to vote as the ruling political parties are all playing a big game and we are pawns in their handsA nice intro

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    This was an interesting book which proposes that we are now largely goverened by a small cliue of aparachniks The evidence for this

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    Interesting and mostly entertaining 'gossip' masuerading as serious political theory At times thought provoking and even worrying Strictly for political 'buffs'

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saying I am not at all persuaded by the central argument that there is little difference between the three mainstream parties and that the next big development in UK politics is therefore likely to come from outside the mainstream Oborne is ambiguous about whether such a development is to be welcomedThe first claim is fleshed out by Oborne as a story of the decline of the party system since the 1950s when the Labour and Conservative parties could both boast 2 million members each or The mass memberships from different sections of society sent MPs to Westminster as effectively delegates to represent their respective interests The result was an authentic choice between opposing political outlooks based on the differing life experiences of people far from Westminster underpinning a healthy democracy The rot sets in when party membership starts to decline somewhat oddly Oborne doesn t venture any suggestions as to why this happened This eventually results in local constituency associations becoming hollowed out shells powerless to resist the takeover of the parties by their national leaderships Once all three of the major parties have been through this process their respective leaderships naturally form a cartel which is none other than the Political Class of the title As the cartel sticks together on all major issues General Elections become meaningless and real politics is driven to the margins leading to an increasing sense of alienation amongst ordinary people Meanwhile as the elite s confidence grows with the realization that it is effectively invulnerable its rule begins to take on totalitarian characteristics eg curtailment of civil liberties attacks on the independence of the judiciary and the civil service The post democratic era is characterized by low standards of conduct in public life and eually low levels of competence in government national decline only intermittently obscured by the techniues of manipulative populismAs I say there were moments when he almost had me persuaded But I think there are less alarmist explanations for the trends he identifies The decline in mass membership of political parties can be put down to the fact that they have lost their function as social clubs that is most of the people who left were not activists but people who went along to socialize and have now found exciting ways to do this many activists have stayed and are still engaged in doorstep politics and local campaigning just as they always were at least if where I live is anything to go byThe national leaderships of the parties certainly have much leeway than in the 1970s to make policy independently of say party conferences but this does not necessarily support the thesis that leaderships have declared independence from their memberships On the contrary in all parties the leadership is itself chosen in a democratic way than was the case in the 1950s Besides this there are other powerful incentives for leaders not to neglect their core constituencies eg the need to keep the activist base enthusiastic the need to get the core vote out at elections even in marginal seats in which it is not the case that the electorate is composed mainly of uncommitted floating voters merely that the number of committed supporters of two or parties is fairly evenly matched and the need to treat sources of funding that remain reliable in hard times with due respect The benign explanation for the increased freedom of leaderships to form policy is that making policy via party conference proved to be a hopelessly unwieldy way of doing it which parties have had to abandon in order to avoid losing competitive advantage to those of their rivals that have already given it up or never used it in the first placeThe inevitable and healthy struggle for competitive advantage amongst the parties also explains why their platforms can sometimes appear to get closer together over time A potted history of Britain since 1945 will illustrate what I mean First a new ideological paradigm appears on the scene 1945 1979 and is embodied by a radical government that sweeps a horrified protesting opposition before it Next over time some features of the paradigm become generally accepted the NHS in 1948 private ownership of industry in the 80 s whilst others prove to become increasingly irksome national wage and price controls in the 60 s and 70 s underfunding of public services in the 80 s and 90 s To win votes each party must move away from its initial ideologically entrenched starting point in order to keep up with the evolving consensus Until a new paradigm appears on the scene the differences between the parties will tend to become subtly drawn at least in terms of the original paradigm This is not necessarily unhealthy it is merely symptomatic of the fact that there is no point in continually re visiting issues that were settled years ago A party that does try to live in the past in this way tends to lose elections as Labour discovered in the 80 s and the Conservatives discovered in the noughties Further this setting aside of old issues creates space for previously neglected issues to come to the fore eg climate change immigration gender euality press regulation banking reform Whether the parties are actually getting closer together or not rather depends on the perspective from which the party battlefield is viewed from a vantage point fixed in the past the parties will appear to converge as they move on from old issues but from a vantage point that keeps up to date it seems instead that the the battlefield has changed shape rather than shrunk That Oborne s vantage point is out of time is suggested by his choice of political heroes George Galloway and Jonathon Aitken figures whose dearest wish is to relive respectively the battles of the 1940 s and the 1980 sI still have to deal with the growing sense of alienation with politics amongst ordinary people the alleged totalitarian tendencies of the ruling elite the thesis of British national decline the forecast that a new movement may arise from outside the mainstreamAlienation From PoliticsOborne s description of this problem is very good and I think he is right about some of the reasons for it namely the professionalization of politics and increasing levels of corruption His other reason the lack of difference between the mainstream parties I have already dealt with above But what can we do about the first two causes On professionalization I would pose the uestion is this not something we would be better off just getting used to After all we ve got used to professional athletics and even professional rugby union so why not professional politics As with the other two cases the professionals in politics have tended to win over amateur opposition because they are just better than them at winning according to the rules of the game getting the most votes after 5 years of pitiless 247 media scrutiny in the case of politics Because no one in politics wants to lose I don t see any easy way to reverse this professionalizing trend I can also see a benign conseuence namely that voters faced with a seemingly blander choice between similarly professional alternatives will be encouraged to concentrate on the policy issues rather than merely deciding with which candidate they can most easily form a tribal identificationIf accepting the professionalization of politics sticks in the throat then something that might sweeten the pill is that politicians are not the whole of politics The media including social media are a powerful independent force and are increasingly open to apolitical citizens who organize campaigns on the issues that concern them The media are just as much clients of these campaigning citizens as they are of politicians and of course the media also have to think all the time of their own clients that is us their readers The politicians only get to survive for as long as they can ride the media s bucking bronco which involves combining a receptiveness to public opinion with the ability to mould it in a constructive way I think Oborne recognizes this in a way but whereas he calls it manipulative populism I would label it optimistically leadershipOK so what about corruption The first point to make is that Oborne is right to be concerned about corruption in British public life The second point is that he is also right on the whole to point the finger at Tony Blair s premiership for undermining the traditions of due process that keep corruption under control Where I differ from Oborne is that I don t share the part of his diagnosis that portrays Blair as the culmination of a trend that has its roots in the 1960 s Instead I diagnose corruption as a perennial hazard in public life After all Asuith and Lloyd George were notorious and that should be impossible given Oborne s picture of Victorian moral rectitude persisting till the 1950s I am not saying Blair was a one off just that from time to time leaders will come along who take short cuts because they have an inadeuate understanding of the role that rules play in upholding fair play and decency I think this problem has always been with us rather than being as Oborne has it a recent phenomenon interestingly his epilogue on the Brown administration in the paperback edition acknowledges that Brown tried to restore cabinet governmentI think it is also important to note that even the Blair Administration s record on standards in public life is not all bad It was the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that allowed the scandal of MP s expenses something that had been going on for a long time to be exposed forcing MP s to tighten the rules Also if the point of comparison is supposed to be with the 1950 s then we should remember that that was the decade of the Suez War the Mau Mau concentration camps and concealed scandals about unsafe nuclear power plants My point here is that we might be seeing corruption because we have got better at spotting it rather than that there is actually of it around Another thought that reinforce this one is that the sex scandals that have recently surfaced concerning figures who were powerful in the 1970 s would be unlikely to occur today as it has simply ceased to be acceptable to use social position to extract sexual favours in the way that it was then Whilst these optimistic thoughts should not let the Blair s off the hook they do tend to undermine Oborne s thesis that corruption is on the increase in generalTotalitarianism of the Ruling EliteI think Oborne is barking up the wrong tree on this one Totalitarianism is normally characterized as a state of affairs in which every aspect of life is deliberately politicized and polarized by an all powerful ruling elite It is hard to see how New Labour can be saddled with this whatever its other faults On the contrary one of Tony Blair s strongest points is that he is good at understanding the perspective of people who are basically apolitical remember Mondeo Man Plenty of other evidence of this trait can be found in Blair s memoirs Britain today is not a highly politicized society like Venezuela or Cuba where leaders with totalitarian tendencies have left a divisive legacy but a complex multi faceted society in which politics sometimes struggles to get the hearing it needs Blair s talent was that he could sometimes get it that hearing Oborne diagnoses that talent as something diabloical manipulative populism on the grounds that the Blair government invoked public opinion to challenge the functioning of established institutions such as the judiciary and the civil service But hang on a minute isn t it the very idea of democracy to make just such a challenge possible It is too easy lazy to diagnose totalitarianism any time some leader does something popular that you disagree withBritish National DeclineApproximately 1% of the world s population lives in Great Britain But in the last two and a half centuries or so Britain has exercised an influence on world affairs out of all proportion to that Why Because the industrial revolution happened here and not somewhere else giving us a huge advantage Eventually other countries were bound to catch up as much of Europe and America did in the late 19th century and much of the rest of the world is doing now So in one sense national decline is indisputably real But I don t think this gives us license to wallow in self indulgent negativity as it is still very much open to us to improve our standard of living and way of life even as we become just another ordinary joe on the world stageThe recent very important work by Stephen Pinker The Better Angels of our Nature demonstrates convincingly that the world is rapidly becoming a less violent place This means that losing the military dominance that we had until WW2 need be no very bad thing for us Instead it is open to us to redifine our identity in the way suggested by EM Forster in Howard s EndDoes Britain belong to those who have moulded her and made her feared by other lands or to those who have added nothing to her power but have somehow seen her seen the whole island at once lying as a jewel in a silver sea sailing as a ship of souls with all the world s brave fleet accompanying her towards eternityA new Movement from Outside the MainstreamWell we don t have to speculate about this prediction as it has already come true in the form of UKIP the BNP the Green Party and the Respect Party But then these alternatives have in some form always been there it is just the fact that they have not generally been popular at the ballot box that accounts for the fact that we don t generally pay them too much attention Indeed as one of them UKIP has recently started to make inroads at the ballot box so mainstream parties have started responding to its policy agenda as should happen in a healthy democracy whatever you think of UKIP s ideas In theory Oborne should welcome this as an injection of principle into the mainstream but somehow I doubt if he doesIn general I find Oborne s apocalyptic tone puzzlingly contradictory He complains whenever politicians trim their sails to the wind but he also seems to regard the likely conseuences of their not doing this takeover by parties currently regarded as non mainstream as also being potentially sinister Democratic politics has always been and continues to be a mutually educative interaction between governing elites and the wider public and I see little insight to be gained from casting this interaction in relentlessly negative terms If some of the main parties stand for something different than what they used to stand for that is because they have chosen to move with the times and stay mainstream rather than being left behind and become minor I think this is a mundane rather than a scandalous fact of our political history

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