though this conservatism has by no means convinced allconservatives of its validity or its electoral usefulness.Red tory economics may easily be organised in terms of adiagnosis of what they see as the current malaise and a prognosis of its cure. Our focus here is a relatively early piece by Blond called‘Red Tory’ (Blond 2008h). One reason for using this text is that itoutlines a fuller argument than the brief pieces Blond has beenproducing of late, which all make the same basic points but are nowgeared to the cycles of public appearances, interviews, online news,opinion fora and the flurry of facebook agitation (among many, seeBlond 2008g, 2008f, 2008b, 2009b, 2008e, 2008l, 2008a, 2008c,2008k, 2009c; Blond and Pabst 2005b). This text also provides thefirst statement of a study that, after much delay and much promise,finally appeared at the beginning of the 2010 election campaign inthe UK – a book with awkward title of
Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix It
(2010), which hasunderwhelmed its readers, confirms the suspicions of Blond’s earlierpieces and says nothing that is not said in those pieces.
In the “Red Tory” essay Blond analyses what conservativescall “broken Britain” – one of Blond’s empty and empiricallymistaken slogans taken from the conservative think tank, the Centrefor Social Justice, run by the former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith
As Ragan puts it: ‘Blond writes a kind of polytechnic prose in which the various jargons of philosophy, sociology, economics and theology are churned together asin a concrete mixer. His method of argument is to connect strings of unrelatedassertions with the words ‘thus’ and ‘then’ and ‘hence’ …
is like a 300-page Sunday sermon, preached by an autodidact country parson whose shelvesare stuffed with old blue and white Pelican books on subjects like modernpsychology, literature, sociology, government and economics, which the parson(in civilian life, Blond used to be a lecturer in theology) believes must hold the keyto the alien and ugly civilisation he encounters on his parish rounds.’ (Raban2010: 22). Blond has also been planning to complete a book on theology andperception called
The Eyes of Faith
, of which only an essay has appeared (Blond2005). But then he has not completed his PhD either, ostensibly under thesupervision of John Milbank. There is only so much a man can do; stopping tothink at length and produce some careful and patient studies laying out hisposition is not one of them.