Kakha Kukava is Secretary General of the Conservative Party of Georgia and responds here to recent articles about Georgia featured on ConservativeHome.
As a Conservative I believe in national independence, free markets, the rule of law, strong families and a minimum of state interference in the life of ordinary citizens.
I also believe in freedom of speech and tolerance and respect for others. In Georgia our Conservatism is forward thinking and progressive, just like that of David Cameron’s. That is why I hope, in the future, Georgian Conservatives will be able to develop strong links with their British counterparts.
I have seen the recent articles on ConservativeHome about Georgia and I very much welcome both the concern for our democratic rights and for my country’s stand against Russian aggression offered by, respectively, Carl Thomson and Liam Fox.
But I am concerned by the growing view that somehow these two Conservative impulses – protection for the individual and strong national defence – are in opposition in Georgia when, in fact, our best long-term defence against further Russian encroachment, and our only hope of reversing the occupation, is strong democracy at home.