It was interesting to see David Cameron’s library in the newspapers yesterday. There are some good choices there. Kynaston’s book on the austerity years after the war is excellent, for example.
Nice, too, to see the IEA’s manifesto Towards a Liberal Utopia. Even nicer to see it sticking out as if it has recently been read. It has some great ideas for Cameron’s second term (abolishing compulsory schooling and the state licensing of medical practitioners come to mind), but there is some serious material for his first term too.
John Blundell’s chapter on policing could make serious inroads into crime and civil disorder without costing a penny – it is a localist agenda too (very Cameronite). And, in these difficult times, real political leadership is required in making a liberal case for free trade at home and abroad. Cameron should take this agenda into the EU and further afield with relish.
With protectionist clouds gathering in the US and over the Channel, the world – and particularly the poor in the world – needs a UK prime minister who will make the economic, political and moral case for free trade and globalisation.