Is David Cameron a One Nation conservative?
Posted by Matt Walker on October 13, 2009
The Leader comment of Saturday’s Daily Telegraph had a different interpretation of David Cameron’s political philosophy than The Guardian’s. This is not surprising considering that these two newspapers occupy different sides of the political divide.
The Telegraph states boldly that Cameron’s speech was a ‘classic restatement of One Nation Conservatism’. They point to the Tory leader’s assertion that a Conservative government would deal more effectively with poverty than Labour, as well as his support for the minimum wage, devolution, and the NHS. Cameron is also highly critical of a welfare system which ‘rewards idleness’ by penalising benefit recipients who take up jobs, by withdrawing benefits at too steep a rate.
Furthermore, Cameron actually cares about society, which contrasts with the Thatcherite assertion that there is ‘no such thing’ as society. His discussion of the Fiona Pilkington case demonstrates a concern for what he describes as Britain’s “broken society” which only One Nation conservatism can repair via a reinvigoration and moralisation of Britain’s local communities.