Monthly Archives: August 2009

La société selon Cameron

« Society is back » : tel pourrait être le slogan de campagne de David Cameron pour les prochaines élections générales. C’est en tout cas ce que l’on peut conclure de l’article d’Antoine Colombani consacré à la pensée politique du leader Tory, « Le nouveau conservatisme britannique », paru le 10 juillet sur le site La vie des idées. Il apparaît que le discours idéologique de David Cameron obéit à une triple contrainte : il doit non seulement s’inscrire dans la continuité de la tradition conservatrice mais, tout en se distinguant du discours travailliste, il doit aussi se démarquer des aspects les plus controversés de la doctrine thatchérienne. La réhabilitation de la « société » occupe alors une place essentielle dans ce dispositif rhétorique, à la fois comme objet privilégié d’une authentique politique conservatrice et comme solution à la double impasse de l’« autoritarisme d’Etat » façon Brown et des excès du « tout-marché » façon Thatcher. Continue reading

Is there still such thing as British society?

Nobody has forgotten the interview of Margaret Thatcher published in Women’s Own on 31st October 1987 while she was Prime Minister. I cannot help but copy down the most well-known extract here: Continue reading

England, the Other Land of Sumo

In its fight against physical prejudice, Croydon Council has decided yesterday to promote the practice of sumo in the city. Recent data have shown that 1 in 4 adults in England are currently obese, the highest rate in Europe, but the conclusion that the Council draws from this figure is quite stimulating. According to Ms Chesterfield, head of the Department of Health and Social Care, “Instead of letting underfed nations make us feel guilty, we should be proud of our first place. Obesity is not a shame but a claim to fame: it proves the exceptional adaptability of the English body to the demands of the food-processing industry’s free market. It’s up to us now to change our own representation of large people, and sumo can help us, by showing that being overweight is not incompatible with the practice of an elite sport.” The Council thus is launching a publicity campaign next autumn, “Fat Makes You Healthy,” sponsored by KFC, and on 1st October a Sumo Learning Centre – the first of this kind in the UK – will open its doors at the Arena. Boris Johnson is expected at the opening. Continue reading