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Modern conservatives

An American view of Conservatism in the Anglosphere. Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott shape up well, but David Cameron? Not so good.

6 Comments

  1. NickM says:

    Excellent and insightful piece. I must confess Canadian politics was something I knew nothing about but Mr Harper seems a most impressive man. Actually as a Brit it’s quite depressing really.

  2. Paul Marks says:

    Harris in Ontario was better.

    But, yes, better Harper (or Abbot from Australia) than Mr C.

    National Review did seem to accept Mitt Romney as an economic conservative without any evidence that he is.

    “But he says that he is….”

    What wonderfully in-depth investigation.

    Still it would be nice if they were correct.

  3. NickM says:

    The measure is his record in MA.

    I don’t know it.

  4. Sam Duncan says:

    It may be an indication of how little attention I’ve been paying to Canada, but the point I recognised that Harper was a genuine conservative, and serious about it, was when he restored the name “Royal Canadian Air Force” to the former “Air Command of the Canadian Forces” last summer. You might dismiss it as a token gesture, but Leftists do token gestures all the time: it’s their death by a thousand cuts. They know it’ll work because each measure on its own is relatively unobjectionable. Reverse them and they go spare though. Any idiot can cut budgets and lower taxes, and Harper has doen that better than any other Anglosphere conservative (way better than George “savage cuts” Osborne), but it takes guts to defend conservative imagery and symbolism, yet more to restore it after it’s gone.

    It may not mean much to we libertarian-conservatives/conservative libertarians/just plain libertarians/whatever, but Harper took a stand there for something he believes in. You don’t see that much on the “right” these days.

    So let’s see Cameron return “The” Stationery Office to Her Majesty, then. I’m not holding my breath.

  5. NickM says:

    It would also help if the Canadians actually had much of an airforce…

  6. Sam Duncan says:

    True, Nick, but the point is that he did it and took the flak from Lefties and republicans. As I said, it may well be a cheap token gesture, but it means something as a measure of his Conservative credentials. Leftists understand this stuff, and conservatives used to (if anything, better), but seem to have given up everywhere else.

    He reverted Ground Command (or whatever they called it) to the Canadian Army, and named the naval forces “Royal Canadian Navy” for the first time, too.

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