James Forsyth

Keep reading the Brooks, David

Keep reading the Brooks, David
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A few weeks ago, David Brooks lavished praise on David Cameron. Brooks argued that Cameron’s approach was just how the Republican should combat Obama. Brooks summed up the Cameron approach as, “I’m going to be the society party and going to make you the state party.”

Many around Westminster said that Brooks had summed up Cameron’s agenda better than Cameron had. So I was intrigued to see these lines in Cameron’s speech to the Scottish conference;

“Labour trusts the state. We trust society.”

Cameron has expressed this sentiment before. But I don’t ever recall him doing so, so pithily. 

PS Tim Montgomerie first identified David Brooks as a possible guru for Cameron back in February 2007.


Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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