Monday 2 October 2023
Party conferences aren’t the answer
As we know, the Tories are pontificating in Manchester. The curious thing about party conferences is a strange reluctance to open the windows to free speech.
We all know this, or most of us do. We know that almost everything said by elites, their minions or the media is far from being all that should be said. We know there is much that is kept from the cold blue light of reason or the glittering eye of basic moral rectitude.
The failure of bad ideas appears to a slow process of slow discovery which party conferences do nothing to speed up. From the start, some people see bad ideas for what they are, but too many don't. Net Zero and the pandemic debacle are examples.
Yet even many seriously bad ideas have to undergo a painfully slow and damaging collision with reality before they are widely recognised as bad. Furtive politics, biased media and a gullible population seem to be the problem. Party conferences aren’t the answer.