The Corner

Anglosphere Values

Today’s Daily Telegraph editorial is a pretty good rundown of the core Anglosphere values in the guise of a guide to the British identity: the rule of law, sovereignty of Queen-in-Parliament (read the Constitution elsewhere), the pluralist state, personal freedom, private property, institutions, the family, history, the English-speaking world and the British character (read the American dream or its equivalent elsewhere, I think).

A pity, then, that the Blair government has attacked virtually every one of these: attacks on the legal system, on the constitution, against pluralism and in favor of identity politics, against personal freedom, against private property (one word: Railtrack), moves destructive of institutions and the family, a virtual abolition of the study of real history, the disaster that is closer integration with Europe and a reduction of the idea of the British character to mere “tolerance” and knowing how to draw welfare benefits (a lesson the bombing suspect arrested today had learned all too well, it seems). There are ten reasons why, for all his undoubted bravery when it comes to his prosecution of the war on terror, British conservatives generally despise Tony Blair.

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