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January 18, 2006

Transatlantic Conservatism

Next month there will be a trip by Hague, Osborne and Fox to the US, where they will meet their counterparts, to try to rebuild the links between the Tories and the Republicans. One of the more important trips they'll take over the next few years, I reckon.

One of the things that I've always been confused about is the way that UK conservatives seem to assume that, just because they disagree on a number of issues with the Republican party, and that they do so from the left, not the right, that this means that they somehow would fit within the Democrats.

This isn't helped by British media coverage of US politics, of course, but it is a gross simplification. There are, of course, a small number of politicians within the US who are Democrats and who might fit within either the Republican or Tory party. However, the degree to which the Democratic party today is the party of special interests, of win-at-all-costs behaviour and of the removal of political issues from the political sphere into the judicial, is simply not understood. Just look at that paragon, Ted Kennedy.

I feel a long post coming on. Maybe this evening...

Meantime, all conservatives should hope for the strengthening of these links. We don't have to agree on everything, but we should recognise our disagreements are ones within the same family.

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