Appropos Stanislaws post forleden om “the two Davids”, så havde Michael Gonzalez fra Wall Street Journal dette at sige idag i OpinionJournal.com om de britiske Torys idag, foranlediget af at Sir Edward Heath i en alder af 89 omsider oplevede Keynes’ “long run”:
“Like James Callaghan, a Labour PM who also died recently, Ted Heath had the misfortune to lead Britain during one of his country’s worst and most vexing periods. In the 1970s, taxes were stratospherically high, unions ran riot, economic growth was nil — conditions that finally led to his overthrow as Tory leader by Margaret Thatcher.
What gives Mr. Heath’s death on Sunday at 89 resonance today is that it coincides with an intensifying debate among his fellow Tories about the future of the oldest political party in Christendom.
David Davis is the Thatcherite option, running as a leader who would rescue a party that he believes has lost sight of its core principles. He grew up in a council estate — public housing — and is keen to shrink the state, cut taxes and hold Brussels at a distance.
The “Heathian” option is David Cameron, one of whose key backers recently made news by warning that pushing tax cuts would simply cause voters to “take fright.” Mr. Cameron himself added: “Government must never simply withdraw from social challenges under the banner of a smaller state.” Meanwhile, two major Tory papers, the Telegraph and the Mail, have trumpeted on their front pages a think tank’s charge that Tony Blair’s support for George Bush led directly to last week’s London bombing.
Mr. Heath’s fate has been to be remembered as Ms. Thatcher’s doormat. It’s forgotten that Mr. Heath first had to defeat the anti-immigrant rabble-rouser Enoch Powell before Mrs. Thatcher could defeat him. Those two battles were crucial to turning the Tories into the winning machine that changed Britain. In similar fashion,
Conservatives today are again trying to locate their collective soul as the party of free trade, enterprise and individualism amidst the pull of xenophobes, appeasers and statists.”
“Hear, hear!” Som de ville råbe i House of Commons.