WWhen David Cameron became Tory leader, he wanted to show that he had a break from what had happened before. “Politics, once econocentric, must now become sociocentric,” declared his ally Oliver Letwin in 2007. “Instead of being about economics, politics in a post-Marxist era is about the whole way we live our lives. It’s about society.” This era of conservatism will end the moment Kwasi Kwarteng stands up to deliver his mini-budget today.
Cameron said you can sum up his priorities in three letters: “NHS”. He ran under the slogan Vote Blue, Go Green. But you can’t imagine Liz Truss making any of those statements. Rather, it represents a return to the view that politics is about economics – and the main role of government is: