Saturday, 12 November 2016

ConservativeHome: Don’t bend to this anti-establishment rage. Challenge and confront

ConservativeHome: Don’t bend to this anti-establishment rage. Challenge and confront

by Ryan Shorthouse

"On the back of Trump’s election, British Conservatives now have a choice. They can jump fully on board the anti-establishment bandwagon, repeatedly insulting “international elites” and “out-of-touch judges”, for example. Or they can challenge it: stick up for the liberal, democratic and meritocratic institutions and values that generations before us developed so that we can enjoy more peaceful, prosperous and freer lives.

There are still people in our society who are vulnerable or struggling. As the Prime Minister recently articulated, they deserve more support, including from a smarter state. But, for the vast majority of people in our country, life has got better and they have not been “left behind”: levels of education, health, employment, tolerance and civic engagement have all improved in recent decades, including for those on more modest incomes.

Most people are not fed up with living in our liberal, capitalist system. And, it should be noted, many millions every year try to migrate to liberal, capitalist societies. The Office for National Statistics’ annual personal well-being survey shows conclusively that a large majority in Britain, including in less affluent local authorities, are generally satisfied with their lives. Some people are angry, clearly. But most seem to be angry with “the establishment”, rather than the state of their own lives."


The right needs to defend the establishment, not attack it.

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