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October 03, 2006

The New Tory Divide

Posted by Watlington

At Bournemouth the media are obsessed with highlighting an apparent divide between the tax cutters and the "stability first" Cameroons. At an Independent newspaper fringe yesterday, the Chairman Steve Richards tried in vain to provoke the audience to criticise the Tory leadership on this issue.

The truth is that the tax cut now or later debate is a non issue. Most Tories are content to accept the Osborne mantra. Of course there are vigorous voices such as The Taxpayers Alliance and a host of Tory backbenchers who will continue to battle valiantly for the moral case for lower taxes. But this does not set Tory activists alight in the way Europe once did.

The real and new divide in the Conservative Party - and much missed by the media - is much more subtle. It is the battle between Neo Cons and the Michael Moore Conservatives.

Yesterday William Hague repeated the "D" word - calling Israel's actions "disproportionate". This caused significant anger amongst sections of the party. Liam Fox, Shadow Defence Secretary is understood not to be happy.

The Neo Con - Michael Moore Conservative split runs from individuals in David Cameron's office through to the Shadow Cabinet, backbenchers and the party at large. There is fury amongst the Neo Cons at the way Hague is conducting foreign policy. Today Conservative Friends of Israel is hosting two fringes, one with the Chief Whip and the other with Liam Fox. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

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Indeed, Watlington, the divide is between those who believe that Israel's right to exist is based on the fact that it DOES exist and those who believe that Israel's right to exist is based on the Old Testament. The former are the traditional Tory pragmatists, who believe that foreign policy should be conducted on the basis of clear and unequivocal national interest. The latter are those who believe that Israel's right to exist is based on the Old Testament. This is the neo-consevative lunatic fringe which is endangering our freedom and destabilising our traditional relationship of mutual respect with Islam. Its foremost exponent in the UK is, as Douglas Murray points out, Tony Blair, and it is, like him, passe.

Posted by: at October 3, 2006 11:27 AM
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destabilising our traditional relationship of mutual respect with Islam

This must be what Edward Said would have described as an “Orientalist” fantasy.

Also, methinks "" is thinking in stereotypes. True, there are Christian Zionists, and as a very evangelical friend of mine says, they are a pain in the back. They are cultivated by Jewish Zionist extremists who butter them up while at the same time holding them in deep contempt, such as I have encountered against Christianity per se in only a very small number of the many Muslim friends I have made over the years. But in regard to the Bible, such people are thinking in a manner (I quote from another SAU article)

not unlike those maps of the world drawn according to an unusual projection: the marginal and secondary swell into importance, the great dwindle and are pushed to the margins.

In the New Testament, the New Jerusalem is not the earthly city between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan, but the Church of Christ. But if one must read the Bible in a literalist manner, then the description of her coming down from Heaven, particularly in Revelation 21:16, resembles rather that of a Borg cube.

Nevertheless, I find it hard to believe that there are many, if any, of such types in the Conservative party. As for the anti-Israel types, they are influenced, maybe not at first hand, by Marxist thinking. In regard to Michael Moore, Hollywood may raise a great whinge about McCarthyism, but they were only receiving a watered-down dose of what the Commies in their midst were aiming at inflicting on America at large.

And please tell me, who among Conservative MPs is a real live Neo-con? To me, they sound like a beast out of Marxist mythology, like some sort of genetically modified unicorn.

Posted by: Robert H. Olley at October 3, 2006 07:05 PM
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