youngian wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:04 pm
Hard right tax cutters don’t let deficits get in their way especially when the welfare scroungers can help pay for them. Can’t see Sunak having Keith Joseph’s intellectual rigour or certainty (the Mad Monk of Monetarism).
Joseph didn't always walk his talk as minister. He had the industry brief, which should have been idle for his worldview, with lots of lame ducks to shoot. But in practice he was sqeaamish about that. Not least because the monetarism he'd converted everyone to had already put so many out of work.
Mad or not, Joseph had, politically speaking, come up the hard way, with Heath's struggles and a strong left. That's different to IDS or Sunak who popped up when it was much easier to be right wing because Joseph and Thatcher had done the hard right tough yards.