The Tory politician who just escaped being this week’s Liberal Villain

by Stephen Tall on January 11, 2013

I’m pretty rubbish at choosing Liberal Villains for my CentreForum series. I think I’ve chosen three in six months. I generally prefer to say “Well done, good on you” than “You failed, you illiberal bit of evil”.

That’s probably why today I ended up blogging about two folks practising liberalism (in very different ways) rather than one person setting it back.

But I hope this tweet needs little further explanation why Chris Grayling would have been my nominee as Liberal Villain of the Week if I had the time to write it…

Personally I prefer evidence-based policy. Even policy-based evidence would be better than nothing. But cross-your-fingers-and-hope-for-the-best-based-policy is about as bad as it gets.

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