The centrist imperative comes from the fact that the old political divisions no longer make enough sense. There is a loose but powerful consensus that did not exist 100 or even 50 years ago, about democratic government, the rule of law, the limits of the state, the dynamism of markets, equality of opportunity, the international order and a host of other things to which all parties broadly subscribe. This convergence is not opportunistic. It is principled. It is, if you like, driven by history.Blair, Cameron and the Lib Dems are all chasing this demographic. Who will seize it most effectively? Hopefully those who recognise that ID cards, mass Internet surveillance and ever-growing government databases are the anthesis of the rule of law and limited state in the 21st century...
Saturday, November 19, 2005
The triumph of the radical centre
Martin Kettle writes in the Guardian: