No British Understatement From David Cameron

June 21st, 2011 at 9:02 pm David Frum | 11 Comments |

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I attended this evening (UK time) the annual summer party of the British think tank Policy Exchange. (I serve on the board of the American Friends of Policy Exchange.)

Prime Minister David Cameron offered a gracious toast to the group, and I was struck by one thing he said (I scribbled my note on the back of a napkin, so I may not have the wording precisely verbatim):  ”We can cut spending without wrecking social programs on which people rely.”

Center-right politics 101, right? It’s the same message Republicans try to convey when they promise to preserve and modernize Medicare. Yet there is something more emphatic and more convincing about the way Cameron phrased the point, no? Which may possibly explain why he is prime minister?

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  • ottovbvs

    Yet there is something more emphatic and more convincing about the way Cameron phrased the point, no?

    He’s somewhat making a virtue of necessity. I’m not sure if you follow the Brit newspapers DF but Cameron has made more U turns than Steve McQueen in that car chase movie.

  • dubmod

    David. There is no comparison between Medicare and the NHS. There are no cashiers in British hospitals. There is a lot of fat to cut in the British welfare state before it comes anywhere close to ours. When will the asinine comparison, Tory equals Republican, Labour equals Democrat, end?The Tories are far to the left of our Republican Party, the Democrats far to the right of Labour. The modern Tory party is pragmatic, ignoring it’s right wing, 50 percent income tax rate! Likewise our Democrats are not anywhere near as lefty as Labour. Nonsensical piece -too much claret?

  • Arms Merchant

    “We can cut spending without wrecking those few social programs on which some people must rely. The others – subsidized businesses, banks, automakers, ACORN, special tax break recipients, welfare cheats, and just about every special interest group with its hand constantly out – need to stop freeloading off their neighbors. And the politicians who enable them by shoveling out goodies for votes must be thrown out like the corrupt bastards that they are.”

    There. Fixed that quote for you.

  • Smargalicious

    David, what would you consider social programs on which people rely??

    Would that be Social Security, which began as a noble caretaker of the elderly but which morphed into a massive, fraud-laden disability check for moochers??

    Would that be Medicare, which began as a noble caretaker of the elderly but which morphed into a massive, fraud-laden monstrosity benefitting greedy doctors and the healthcare industrial complex?

    Would that be Medicaid, which began as a noble caretaker of the mentally and physically disabled but morphed into a massive, fraud-laden monstrosity giving taxpayer funds to non-taxpaying fatherless welfare garbage, illegals, and their anchor babies??

    Please.

  • ottovbvs

    fraud-laden disability check for moochers??

    Hugh Laurie sings Minnie the Moocher

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwgS1ctxglw

  • F_Grey_Parker

    “fatherless welfare garbage”

    Gee, Smarg… you really are on quite the hate-filled roll today. Children are “garbage”?

    • Smargalicious

      Okay. Subsitute “children” for “garbage” in my 7:24 statement.

      But you know what they say…garbage in, garbage out.

  • jcm433

    “Where there is a great deal of free speech, there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.”
    - Sir Winston Churchill

  • Joe In NH

    I am beginning to think that Smarg may be a creation of the blog’s staff to make things interesting. And Dumbod is right- Conservatives in the UK (and Canada) are nothing like the GOP.