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Podcast: Cameron’s Northern Alliance, Christianity and the left, and the end of two-party politics

27 February 2014

9:54 AM

27 February 2014

9:54 AM

Is David Cameron’s new gameplan to look to the northern states for allies? Fraser Nelson is joined on the podcast by Stephen Booth of Open Europe, to discuss the influence that people such as the Dutch PM Mark Rutte – who has a clear and impressive reform plan – and Angela Merkel are having on our PM. Could Cameron really be serious about making Britain an honorary member of Scandinavia? And could this strategy really be enough to pull him through the next election?

Ed West and Andrew Brown of The Guardian also discuss the church’s left-wing bias. Ed has written frequently about this issue in the Catholic church. But is this, in fact, an ecumenical matter? And if so, why is this? The C of E is still thought of as being typically Conservative by many – particularly in terms of its congregation. So what – if anything – has changed?


Plus James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman talk about the changing shape of Britan’s political spectrum. We used to be very much a two-party nation; now, however, it’s more like a four-party one. So what does this mean for the next election? Is another coalition unavoidable – and if it is avoidable, then how?

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  • dalai guevara

    My word, has one not been bleating about the approach to ethics for ages, too.

    Yet, the destinction made along the lines of religion are little more than an oversimplistic fallacy. Why? The Catholic ‘club med’ states of Bavaria, Baden
    Wurttemberg and Westphalia would have us think again, that’s why – the highly productive parts of Germany are Catholic regions, not what Fraser insinuates.

    ‘Policy response’ however is not delivered by business but by a civil service inspired by Prussian (and utimately Calvinist) Virtues.

    In conclusion and in an oversimplistic way of looking at things, one would be inclined to invert the argument and assert that the Protestant work ethic would have a detrimental effect on the the work ethic of those employed by the *state* only, whereas the Catholic-run private enterprise required no such ethical stimuli.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …do you get paid on some gibberish scale somehow, lad?

  • Denis_Cooper

    “Is David Cameron’s new gameplan to look to the northern states for allies?”

    If it is, that would be because of the failure of the previously advertised Tory gameplan of getting lots of eastern states into the EU to be our natural allies.

    Just one load of Tory tosh after another, always hoping that most people will be too busy getting on with their lives to remember the last load.