Once upon a time, there were members of the Libertarian Alliance who thought it would be possible, and that indeed the day would come, and soon, when we could capture the British Conservative Party. This was to be the way forward: getting libertarian ideas and policies into the normal high-level political discourse of a major modern state.
Therein, we thought, lay our best hope for confronting the pre-capitalist-barbarians, fascists, other lefties, Gramsco-Marxians, and all the other fellow-travelling worthless sub-human murderous trash which we knew even then was bent on infecting and corrupting our institutions, especially the schools and universities. We could make all these uncouth monsters irrelevant. But the damage to these institutions, and the traditions which they enshrined, has been done, and it is probably too late to fix and repair the loss of our culture’s and civilisation’s volume distribution in our population’s folk-memory.
Clearly, whatever opportunity to hijack a good major party may have ever existed, has been lost. Patrick over at the UK Libertarian Party puts it much better than I can: David Cameron not only can’t change anything much, but he also does not really want to.
If Gordon Brown and the Tories both carry on the way they are, Cameron will probably win a majority at the next election, whenever it may occur. But let’s not expect any miracles therafter.
Let’s preserve what can be saved, through the night, and survive, and perhaps even sometimes laugh, if allowed, when nobody is looking.