Peter Oborne wades in for civil society

4 February 2006

In this week's Spectator (web pages are closed to subscribers only) their political editor Peter Oborne comments on David Cameron's Demos speech. Oborne has welcomed the ascent of Cameron while scorning his support for Bush and silence on extraordinary rendition. Now he kindly sympathises with both David Marquand and myself (who clash over Harold Macmillan see below) for our despair over what he calls Blair's democratic centralism, or what I call his corporate populism. Oborne says Cameron's embrace of civil society is very significant and returns the Conservative party to its historic role as a more than a free-market cheer-leader. He also conjures up the figure of Harold Macmillan in his role-call of social heroes... END


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