Saturday, 10 October 2009

Where's Maggie?

Tory Politico publishes a word cloud for David Cameron's conference speech here.

It's inconceivable that any mainstream conservative politician of the Thatcher/Reagan generation would make a major portfolio policy speech without mentioning a certain abstract noun which is one of several necessary conditions for civilised life.

Just try your browser's 'find' facility and search
Mister Cameron's speech for the tiny little word that no longer fits into the Tory leader's speechifying to his party faithful.

(Hint, it's the particular virtue of civil society that put Spitfires into the air and sometimes led them to the bottom of the Channel in the 1940s, along with numerous other non-risk-assessed, non-focus group recommended activities for large numbers of young people in various generations over the centuries.)

Well, I guess that just about wraps it up for the Conservative Party for a while.


Mac the Knife said...

Wouldn't be freedom, would it?

North Northwester said...

Mac, you win the prize, unfortunately.

James Higham said...

Freedom? Patriotism? Common sense? Discretion? Nope, can't guess what that word is.

Roue le Jour said...

I would have said 'duty'. Well, you did say it was a small word.

North Northwester said...

Hi James, and Hi Rou de Jour. Welcome. Those are all necessary, too, to civilised life, now you mention them, and of them all, Mister Cameron only uses 'common sense.'
You're both right, of course, there are several moral and ideological holes in the speech, though I was going for 'freedom,' because the tenor of the New Tories is to go along with the all-encompassing State, but to promise to run it better than the Left. You can't have a country go in its present direction and still have freedom worth a damn; not for long, I think.


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