The first of these is Cameron's meeting with DEMOS. Cameron's now talking about 'progressive Conservativism' to a group of Liberal/Leftwingers. 'Progressive' and 'conservative' are antonyms. Contracting them effectively removes the possibility of any meaningful dialogue whatsoever. You either support personal freedom or state interference: there is no middle ground. You might as well abolish politics altogether. Of course, this was noted back in the US in the 1970s when the prospective Communist Party candidates gave up because all their socialist ideas had already been seamlessly worked into the Republican and Democrat party lines.
'Red Toryism' is the second: a bizarre contradictory conglomeration of principles including a challenge to 'centralisation, monopolisation and speculation' which might alienate some Thatcherites (how? How could this possibly be?); an assertion that the Left stands for atheism, statism and individualism (there are plenty of c(C)onservative atheists; allow each to their own, as long as they have learnt about thoroughly that against which they are fighting), three things that ought to be examined separately; a break from neo-Thatcherist economic policies (without which we would not have had the years of relative financial comfort after the previous disastrous Labour government) and then, defying all logic, a promise to create a living wage rather than a minimum one! Minimum wages are exceptionally bad for the economy because they prevent the creation of jobs; what on earth will a living wage (and who is to determine what comprises it) do?
All these projects seem designed to do are to confuse one part of the electorate and cosy up to the other. Conservatism and Liberalism don't go together - if they do, then neither are holding to their original political positions and are, instead, toeing a Third Way. The Third Way, if you recall, was popularised by Blair. It has created the kind of creeping strangulation of civil liberties and privacy against which so many angry Britons are justifiably militating against. Clause 152 of Part 8 of the Coroners and Justice Bill seeks to make data-sharing 'easier' - as if RIPA didn't enable diverse government bodies to snoop at will - and to allow private as well as public bodies to access the most personal information about us. This must not be allowed to happen under any circumstances. If you value your liberty, write to your MP today and demand that the Bill be scrutinised. And keep a close eye on the Conservatives; they could represent a greater nightmare than that which we face already.