Sunday, July 08, 2007

Cameron: Art Soul

The most remarkable thing about the Tory modernisers is how behind the times they are. Take Cameron's latest policy: he wants to take on those naughty rappers.

How very 90s.

Needless to say, the actual policy itself is absurd. Even if you're a hard-line Socio-Con you can see the problem: if Call Me Dave really believes rap is driving people to eat each other, then logically he should call for it to be banned, rather than giving the producers a windfall for not producing a toxic product. Ditto, it's hard to see why folks buying fifty year old records should be - effectively - taxed because someone else is producing a dangerous product. And that's without considering the practicality of persuading start ups and the like not to produce music the public wants, in return for greater returns fifty years from now.

All of which is by way of saying that this plan ticks all the boxes for a Nu Tory policy, in that it manages to offend the maximum number of people for the minimum amount of actual end product.

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