True Tories Will Never Forgive Boris For Turning His Party Into Blue Labor
Over time, Labor will promise to lower the ceiling to £ 86,000; eventually, it will be zero and all nursing homes will be nationalized. Conservatives have learned nothing from previous extensions of the welfare state in 1906-15 and 1948: A conservative approach is to rely on the private sector, fill in the gaps, supplement private initiative – not to supplant it, which care will eventually disappear as well.
In the shorter term, Johnson’s additional spending will not address the NHS backlog. There will be pressure to increase the levy again, but the injustice of hammering younger generations out of the housing market will make calls for even more destructive taxes, this time on capital, hard to resist. Always remember that the government was considering imposing a wealth or residence tax soon after it was elected. What new hell will besieged British Conservative voters face next?
The current tax hikes are a choice, not a necessity. The ongoing additional spending caused by the pandemic could have been covered by the reduction in spending in other areas and the one-time costs of Covid added to the national debt. The coronavirus is an excuse for Johnson’s strange urge to embrace a full-fledged Social Democracy, although it is likely that the enthusiasm with which so many have embraced the lockdown has encouraged his government’s collectivist tendency. .
The increase in National Insurance is not simply a manifesto unforgivable broken promise: it symbolizes the party’s repudiation of the classic conservative and liberal worldview, its rejection of Burke, Locke, Hayek, Friedman and Oakeshott. This government is no longer Thatcherian, nor even conservative: it is Blue Labor. It combines the left-wing economy – more taxes and spending for a hamstring welfare state for the producer class, more regulations, green central planning – with support for Brexit, patriotism and the armed forces . He tries (but fails) to be tough on crime, illegal immigration, and waking assault.
Old Labor would have loved this combination, but it’s not conservatism. Since the rise of socialism in the 19th century, and especially over the past 40 years, conservatives have argued that a smaller state, lower taxes, and greater reliance on markets, civil society and accountability individual represent a philosophically and economically superior form of social organization. Lower taxes and lower spending are boosting GDP growth, they explained; personal responsibility encourages virtuous behaviors such as saving money and working hard. High social costs kill jobs, they wrote: just look at France. Large spending increases only trigger massive waste and inflation, they argued: Remember Gordon Brown?
A whole intellectual tradition has now been sacked by a Conservative Party which has, for convenience, swallowed without thinking the ideology of its opponents. Either the Conservatives think tax rates no longer have an impact on the economy, or they don’t care and embrace a low growth and stagnant future. For decades, the Conservatives bragged about the quality of the British model compared to that of the Eurozone; today, they adopt it out of laziness, when they have fought so hard to leave the EU. The Reaganomics is dead in Britain: there are now two Labor parties both on the economy, but divided on culture. What a bitter, heartbreaking disappointment.