It was the iconic love-match marriage of the 1980s. Ronald Reagan was best man and Margaret Thatcher matron of honour when conservatism embraced neo-liberalism at the start of a relationship that seemed destined to conquer the hearts of the developed world. Then the Berlin Wall came down and rust-bucket Marxism fell into the dustbin of history, removing a once-feared rival to the newlyweds. The honeymoon was lengthy and passionate; the marriage prospered and produced many offspring. But when some of the progeny grew into their teens, as not uncommonly happens, they became a liability. The most delinquent were Globalisation, Free Movement of Labour, Over-Mighty Corporations and Crony Capitalism. Conservatism found it had made a largely incompatible marriage, so now the unhappy couple are heading for the divorce court. That is the plain truth of the matter: we have reached a point where everything that conservatives value is threatened less by Corbynista neo-Marxism than by rampant neo-liberalism. Is anyone certain, any more, what “neo-liberalism” means? In the 1980s it was shorthand for a worldview that looked to the freeing up of enterprise and the rolling back of the state to make people prosperous. Conservatives could go along with that: the enlargement
Hour by hour, the migrant crisis at Calais diversifies and worsens – or, as the mainstream media terms it, lessens. The latest comedy caper is the walk of one solitary migrant through the Channel Tunnel. The Sudanese illegal immigrant was stopped just a few kilometres from the tunnel exit at the English end. He will now appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court where some ineffectual penalty will be imposed, after which he will be free to melt into the British population for the rest of his life. Migrants, as it is etiquette to term them, are now targeting ferries sailing to England, guided by British anarchists who regard promoting their influx as a useful way of undermining society. Others are still smuggling themselves onto lorries bound for the UK: they know that if they can just reach British soil their residence here will be guaranteed for 20 generations. The spectacle that
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