By Tim Montgomerie
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A quick blog to conclude this ConHome series on 'the little guy'. There has been some debate in threads and on Twitter as to whether we've got the name right for describing a Conservatism that demonstrates solidarity with those in society who may lack money, power, opportunity, fair treatment - or a combination of all of these things. I readily concede we might not have the ideal expression but, fortunately, few have missed what we're trying to advocate - a conservatism for the underdogs - those taxpayers who see their money wasted, parents who can't get their kids into good schools, consumers who lack empowerment and small businesses who can't afford the regulations that established producer interests conspire with big government to produce. Some of these underdogs struggle to make ends meet. Others are simply disempowered.
There have been five instalments of this series so far:
- Laura Sandys MP's consumer empowerment agenda - involving greater penalties for mis-selling, transparency of information, education, and mobility between producers;
- Nick Boles MP's ambition to ensure more young families can afford to get a foot on the property ladder;
- Rob Halfon MP's 10p tax campaign;
- Lord Baker's vision for more than 200 University Technical Colleges;
- Harriett Baldwin MP's campaign to deliver 'Justice for England'.
We will return to the series in future months but let's end this week's launch with Liz Truss' childcare agenda. This subject has already been covered extensively on ConHome and I don't, therefore, intend to duplicate. I point you to Paul Goodman's blog from Wednesday and Liz Truss' own blog from nearly one month ago.