Over at Comment Central Danny Finkelstein is enthusing about the McCain campaign, the changing nature of the Republican Right and what it means for Britain. There are always lessons we can learn from American politics but it is dangerous to import techniques and trends without thinking.
The Republican Party is having to change. Three of its most potent issues - crime, tax and welfare - have been significantly 'retired'. But they haven't been retired in Britain...
As we consider learning from America let's not forget those big differences. We fear that Danny wants to take the very different position of US conservatives and impose the wrong lessons on British conservatives. See this article from him: The Right Knows It's Wrong.
Here are three lessons that are worth learning, though...
- The internet continues to mature as a political tool and UK politicians are ignorant of most of the possibilities. See this from Robert Colvile.
- Leading Republican thinkers like David Frum and Michael Gerson are urging their fellow conservatives to be less hostile to government. We must remember we are the party of limited government, not antipathy to government. [Related link: The era of big government conservatism?].
- Green issues are now central stage in conservative politics and McCain and Cameron helped put them there.