The UK Covid disaster and the Tories’ ‘situational rationality’

One view is that explaining that members of the community are building some immunity will make this acceptable. Another view is that recommending isolation to only one section of society risks causing discontent.” (March 4th SCI-B minutes, March 4th 2020)

The best way to assess Conservatism under Cameron is less through the lens of overt ideology, but more through that of the ‘operational code’ of government. The operational code of Cameronism [is]much more linked to the high politics/low instincts which informed governing styles before Thatcher, than it was to the managerialism that emerged in the Thatcher years. This return to an earlier operational code…. is largely rooted in the upper class backgrounds of our new rulers.



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