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The Economist Debate: "David Cameron is just a blue-rinsed Tony Blair"

This debate is part of a series of Westminster Fringe debates, partnered with the Stockholm Network. This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so registration is strongly recommended.

What is David Cameron for? He downplays tax cuts, is socially liberal and believes in a muscular foreign policy (and voted for the Iraq war). He would like to reform public services to give consumers more choice, and to involve private companies and charities in providing them. Sound familiar? And if so, is that a bad thing? After all, policies like these have just won three elections in a row. Will the new Cameron era be a break with the past or a return to true-blue values? Is Mr Cameron just a softer, pre-Thatcher Tory with a dollop of belief in the possibility of progress added? Can he create a vision for the future which his entire party can support, or will he only serve to divide the party further? And would Britain governed by a Cameron-led Conservative Party feel very different to Britain today?


Johnny Grimond, The Economist | talks
Dr Ian Kearns, ippr | talks
Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday | talks
Andrew Cooper, Populus | talks


Date and Time:

21 November 2006 at 6:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Telford Theatre
One Great George Street
+44 20 7665 2323
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