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Thursday, November 02, 2006
An interviewer’s standard question: “What drove you to enter national politics?”

A politician’s standard reply: “I felt and still feel that politics is the best way to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people”. [cringe]

The reality is that politicians go into public life for a whole host of self-serving reasons, which is fine so long as they understand that their principle duty is also to guard the public interest. Yet, you can bet dollars to doughnuts that when questioned on why they entered the public arena, political ambition is invariably defended and dressed up as activist drivel. Now I’m not too concerned about the motivation thing here; it’s natural for our political masters to seek the national spotlight, and it drives them to do a job that is necessary. But beware: “making a difference” is not the same thing as protecting the public interest. If our MPs understood the meaning of public service, the more truthful answer to that most important question would be: “I’m here to prevent other politicians from making a difference”.

But you never hear it because modern man has made a thoughtless and artificial virtue out of change – even campaigning on change for change sakes - when the natural instinct is to oppose and delay change for as long as possible. That’s the nature of true conservatism as Lord Salisbury understood it. The thrice prime minister of Great Britain in the late Victorian era put it this way: "Whatever happens will be for the worse and therefore it is in our interest that as little should happen as possible. The use of Conservatism is to delay changes until they become harmless" .

In fact this has been the political modus operandi for virtually the entire history of the British Isles (witness the graceful retirement from empire) until Tony Blair came along and started making a real difference. The United Kingdom is becoming a vastly different place under his decade-long stewardship – most troubling, Britishness is rapidly disappearing under the simultaneous pressures of English nationalism and EU provincialism. The national interest has been left in the lurch while New Labour systematically went about destroying Old Britain. And there he is, David Cameron, Blair’s successor-in-waiting, campaigning on a platform of change for change sakes. My God, where is the great burly Marquess of Salisbury when you need him.

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