Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business
This weekend, unnoticed by most, the Libertarian Party gathered in Milton Keynes. Policy debates focused on how to overhaul the tax and monetary system, how to transition away from the broken NHS to a more marketised European model and the necessity of reducing state debt. Although the Libertarians can now boast of representation in the European parliament — with Bill Etheridge MEP announcing his defection from Ukip — they are unlikely to cause Mrs May too many sleepless nights over their electoral prospects. Their radical and clear thinking did, however, inspire the 150 or so delegates who attended.
Perhaps a confused, philosophically insecure agenda offers the best electoral opportunity for the Tory Party. Praising markets in the abstract, while rolling out state interventionist policies could be enough to retain office. But it doesn’t amount to a coherent post-Brexit vision and is unlikely to inspire enthusiasm.
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