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Does the Right do compassion? Dave from Marketing is trying to pretend the Tories do, and for at least six months or so it's going to be possible to pretend that he's left of Blair.

But the Right famously does fuck-you individualism and stupidity, with a side order of venality, opportunism, and sexual perversion. Arguably the biggest difference between the Thatcherite and Reaganite right was that the UK press never properly explored some of the things that Thatcher's cabinet did in their spare time.

Which is one reason why we're left with an idealised image of seriousness, marred by occasional let-the-side-down types like Alan Clark, Jeffrey Archer, and Saint Aitken, who were all tragic and exceptional exiles from the moral high ground held by central office.

People in the 70s still remembered Profumo. Does anyone believe that kind of thing stopped happening in the 80s and 90s?

NuLab are likely much the same, but have somehow never quite managed to appear distinguished about it - more bumbling, small time, and a bit eBay.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 30th, 2009 at 06:01:55 PM EST
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I had that Edwina Currie in the back of the cab once....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Thu Oct 1st, 2009 at 03:12:37 PM EST
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But the Right famously does fuck-you individualism and stupidity

In Britain, very much. Elsewhere, not necessarily. Especially Catholic-rooted conservatives tend to rail against individualism. But propagate "loyalty" and "duty" instead.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 at 02:29:04 PM EST
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