Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX
A lot has been written about Britain’s alleged need for a new centrist party. Britain needs no such thing. Most of what passes for “centrism” these days is not a political position, but simply the belief that equivocating, and using phrases like “I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that”, are signals of supreme cleverness.
Forget centrism. The irony is that Britain, which was once the motherland of classical liberalism, and a magnet for liberal-minded thinkers from around the world, does not have a liberal party today. For a while, Thatcherism was a close-enough substitute, but for the Conservatives, Thatcherism was just a brief aberration, which they have long ditched. The party now stands for a mix of micro-interventionism à la Ed Miliband, industrial policy à la Mariana Mazzucato, anti-big-business communitarianism à la Nick Timothy or Tim Montgomery, and NIMBYism à la Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Labour, meanwhile, have ditched the Third Way, a form of social democracy which makes its peace with the market economy, and now embraces full-on Chavista socialism. The Liberal Democrats are, at best, ‘liberal’ in the American sense, and while UKIP briefly called itself a libertarian party, they have long given up any such pretences. And the Greens… well, the Greens are the Greens.
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