The Conservatives must come up with policy initiatives that weaken the power of the state rather than entrench it. The first step is to adopt a slash-and-burn approach to bureaucracy - and that means firing bureaucrats.
If you employ hundreds of thousands of extra bureaucrats - as Gordon Brown has - do not be surprised if they come up with hundred of thousands of extra regulations. It's what bureaucrats do. The only way to stop them is to get rid of them.
The other way of reducing the power of the state is to reduce its spending power. The commitment to match Labour's spending plans for two years needs to be undone. Conservatives should believe in lower government spending. They can
hardly complain about Labour profligacy if, at the same time, they intend to spend the same amount as Labour.
Conservatives have always believed in a smaller state, but have sometimes paid lip-service to the concept. They need to grab the initiative and assert that every new policy they announce should pass the "Smaller State Test": does this policy reduce the power of the state? That is the true test of modern, liberal Conservatism.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Telegraph Column: Bonfire of the Bureaucrats
My latest Telegraph column is HERE. It advocates that the Conservatives should be proud to support policies which weaken the power of the State. Here are the concluding paragraphs...
Hopefully that may have whetted your apetite to read the full article HERE.