Not a Tory

Warren Buffett wrote that “only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked”. According to Douglas Carswell in his new book The End of Politics (Biteback, £12.99), with the fiscal tide at ebb it is Western governments that have been caught skinny-dipping.

Carswell, Conservative MP for Clacton, charts the growth of the state sector across the West from around 10 per cent of GDP at the turn of the 20th century to approaching 50 per cent today. He also describes the topdown, “constructivist rationalist” model of the provision of goods and services by this expanded state. Both are now unsustainable.

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