Busy busy busy today. These caught my eye however.
Tim Montgomerie is making an explicit push for Christian votes here. I think it is worth reading this in conjuction with the Reportage of Chris Cook on this subject, and the tensions within Conservativism caused by this:
Two years after being exiled by Michael Howard, a small group of Christian Tories was defining the party’s social policy. Today, the CSJ says it has crafted a full 70 Conservative policies. Among the secular members of the party machine, there is unease about that sort of influence. The use of the CSJ’s research, in particular, causes concern. One official – who, like all party staff I spoke to, refused to go on the record – said: “Their hearts are in the right place, but loads of their stuff is ropey. They just seem to make up statistics or use dodgy assumptions.”
I had not heard that said about the Centre for Social Justice before. But I had heard this, of course:
And while poverty brought Montgomerie and Cameron together, another “decontaminating” element of the modern Tory platform may yet divide them: climate change. Montgomerie has become increasingly vocal in his scepticism. As he said just two months ago: “It is an issue that can split conservative parties around the world.” Cameroons, take note.
Dillow has written a typically excellent piece linking business investment figures to dearth of profitable opportunities, and the possible incompatibility of full employment with globalisation. In part his conclusions are similar to this from Ed Conway:
In part, inequality is a natural consequence of globalisation. When a company shifts factories overseas, the shareholders make more money, but the workers lose their jobs. Optimists claim that this wealth should trickle down to those unemployed workers as the shareholders go out and spend more, but reality has proved otherwise
As a free trading liberal, I find this dismaying. And hope to deal with it in another post…
Another reason unemployment may be high may come from workers’ preferences. See what Buttonwood thought of a programme about returning immigrants.
So the programme got three employers in Wisbech (a Fenland town close to where I grew up) to take on British unemployed workers instead of the eastern Europeans on whom they normally relied. One genial owner of an Indian restaurant offered four jobs for waiters and trainee cooks; three of the four failed to turn up on the first day. The other lad was baffled by “all these Indian names” for food although Indian meals are nowadays as British as roast beef; he lasted for about two hours, including one walk-out.