Thirty years ago, it would have been unthinkable. That right wing British conservatives would forge a union with left wing liberals in a coalition government would have seemed as likely to Thatcherite England as the Queen embracing Judaism. The two parties, sporting ideologies miles apart – one party encourages free enterprise and the other to redistribute wealth – might now look doomed to an early divorce.
But that would be mistaking the ungainly complexion of U.K. politics today. Cameron’s Conservatives look nothing like Thatcher’s. They have cooled their heels for 13 years in the political wilderness watching as Tony Blair’s vapid centrist ideology wooed British voters through four national elections. The Conservatives learned something in those years. They learned that they were ” uncool” and out of touch. They learned that traditional Conservative politics did not appeal any longer to a polity drenched in a multicultural ethos and Euro-centric philosophies. And they learned that they could only win an election by looking and feeling more like Tony Blair’s Labour Party.
Under Cameron’s four year leadership the Conservatives have therefore undergone a transformative facelift, revealing them to be Conservatives without any true conservative convictions. Civil liberties and human rights crowns both domestic and foreign policies. Israel is regarded askance and the Trans Atlantic Alliance, so crucial to the defense of Western attitudes and values, is given less priority than the attachment to Europe. Not once did Cameron refer to the decline of British traditions and values or the merciless multicultural assault on British identity. Nor did he seek to address the alarming spread of a homegrown Islamic menace in England which has transformed London into Jihad Central.
The result is that for the first time in modern British history, conservatives are left without any true political representation in Parliament. Those who are deeply concerned that their local supermarket is now owned by a Muslim who won’t offer alcohol or the sale of pork, or city Councils who declare it a hate crime for anyone to inveigh against homosexual practices and rights, will find no support from Cameron’s Conservative Party nor even from the Anglican Church, both of whom now side with the multi-culturalists and the moral relativists.
So rather than being a shot gun wedding, the union of the Cameron Conservatives with the Clegg Liberal Democrats is more a marriage made in heaven than anyone might have expected. Besides rancor over some basic economic issues, there is in truth very little difference between any of the current British parties and it is small wonder that Cameron didn’t seek to build a bridge to Labour first.
This is terrible news for the West. With both the United States and Great Britain run by post-Christian governments, refraining from any attachment to the support of the values and ideals upon which Western civilization has been built, I have to wonder whether those who believe in the transformative impact of the Western Enlightenment on human freedom and liberty will have any role to play in our future.