In praise of the liberal centre

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2014

Here’s Matthew d’Ancona’s concluding paragraph in his Telegraph column today:

It is not that hard to deduce what the generation of voters still reeling from the global financial crisis might be seeking from those who would govern them. Fiscal credibility matched by fairness; public-service reform equalled by a respect for public service; a culture of aspiration that includes the aspiration to protect the vulnerable. The voters want social solidarity without socialism; decency without the punishment of success; capitalism (what else?) tempered by the recognition that markets exist within a structure of laws and a social order.

It’s what I’d call┬áthe ‘liberal centre’ and it’s not such a bad place to be.