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Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) - Values (3/3)

Mardi, octobre 17th, 2017

Our consolidated response to the Conservative Party Policy Forum questionnaire on “Values” can be found below:

Name of Constituency: Conservatives Abroad
Name of CPF Group: British Conservatives in Paris
Name of CPF Coordinator: Paul Thomson
Number of attendees: 8
Contact details for response:
Paul Thomson
BCiP Vice Chairman & CPF Secretary
Date of meeting: 29th September 2017

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Question 1: Compile a list of up to a dozen values that your group considers to be Conservative values – the distinctive and enduring core priorities that we should draw on in navigating the challenges of our age.
• Favouring reform over revolution • For representative parliamentary democracy
• For the rule of law and for a law-abiding & orderly society • For community
• For the notion of human stewardship (a responsibility which brings with it obligations & an ennobling endowment) • For the dignity of the human person – associated with a sense of tolerance for differences
• Patriotism – love of “nation” (though not in an ethnic sense) and country • Acceptance of the fallibility of humans
• Appreciation for tradition(s) – respect for the past at the same time as openness to the future • For the “conservatism of the working man”
• For pragmatism • For “aspiration”, freedom & a healthy individualism

Question 2: A short summary (up to 40 words) of what you understand by:
a. Modern Conservatism
We did not attempt to define these terms
b. Compassionate Conservatism
Idem
c. One Nation Conservatism
Idem
d. Blue Collar Conservatism
Idem
Having defined each of the phrases, on a scale of 0 to 10, to what extent do each of them resonate with your group’s ideas of Conservativism?
Comment: there was no unitary group view on any of the four items. Specific scores are instead indicated.
Modern Conservatism 0 1X1 2 3X1 4X2 5X2 6 7 8 9 10X2
Compassionate Conservatism 0 1X1 2X1 3X4 4 5 6 7 8 9 10X2
One Nation Conservatism 0 1X2 2 3 4X1 5X2 6 7 8 9 10X2
Blue Collar Conservatism 0 1X1 2 3X1 4X3 5 6 7 8X1 9 10X2

Question 3a: In what areas of life, our communities and the country would you say discrimination, division and the need for real equality [Comment: we agreed this was not the proper concept – instead fairness should be considered] still persists? Rank the areas that you have identified according to how great a cause for concern you think they are.
• (In no particular ranking:)
- Education is too plutocratic (cf desirability of supporting grammar schools or finding some (better?) equivalent
- Foreign languages should be compulsory to a much greater degree – to enable those from a less highly educated/cultivated background to be less disadvantaged compared to those exposed to foreign cultures/languages because of family influence
- Young people need to be given a better overall “deal” going into adult life: the combination of high housing prices, high student debt and low wage growth is crippling – consider (a) lower tuition fees (university), (b) material increase in housing supply, (c) otherwise employing tools to reduce the cost of housing for the younger generation


Question 3b: To what extent do you think it is the responsibility of the Government, of businesses, of charities, of families, of individuals and of other institutions in society to tackle entrenched disadvantage and to promote equality in these areas?
• Not covered due to shortage of time
• • •

Question 4: What Conservative principles do you think should guide the Government’s approach to reforms in each of the following areas? - Idem
• Brexit negotiations

• Social reform

• Political reform

Other Comments (if any)

Thank You. Please return to: CPF.Papers@conservatives.com

Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) - Values (2/3)

Lundi, octobre 2nd, 2017

Considering the post-Brexit era Erika Angelidi, the Conservatives Abroad Representative in Greece, has provided us with the second part of her input for the Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) on Values.

“In my opinion, Conservative values are values without which one could not talk of civilization, history or society, as they encompass traditional values and institutions. To these values belongs memory as is safeguarded by history. Historical memory and the traditional values are kept alive by the Conservatives.

The British, as a people, acknowledge the value of history and custom and ensure that novelty is weld upon these. This is a trait and a wisdom that is scarce in the modern world.

Another traditional moral value that Conservatism speaks for is courageousness. This is linked with the virtue of bravely addressing difficulties and not succumbing. Churchill is said to have stated the following: “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others”.

The Conservatives also believe in freedom and justice, without which a just society is nonexistent. It is one of the basic pillars of deeply democratic countries in the world. I am reassured of the fact that the Conservative values will play the most significant role in world history in the future as well.”

Erika Angelidi,
the Conservatives Abroad Representative Greece
Athens