Home

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

 

Is Britain breaking up?

With Scotland voting on Thursday in an election that could lead to a second independence referendum and increased talk of a 'border poll' in Northern Ireland, could the United Kingdom be on the verge of breaking up? And why? Where does England fit in this story?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time, 6 May

Hear from a panel of experts from across Britain's political divides about the union's past, present and future:

  • Sarah Creighton Writer and lawyer from Belfast
  • Matthew O'Toole Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Belfast
  • Adam Ramsay openDemocracy main site editor
  • Richard Wyn Jones:Professor of Welsh Politics, Cardiff University
  • Chair: Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy UK investigations editor and author of 'The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never be the Same Again'
Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData