While the evidence had been all around me for a while, suddenly it is all becoming much more clear what is going on. Hardly news, is it? Others have surely already made the point some time ago, making this post well behind the curve. But it’s a point still worth repeating. If only I had spotted this piece in The Times from last week I would have arrived here sooner. Where exactly? Let me explain.
The Jonathan Oliver piece tells us probably little more than people had worked out for themselves, but it would have helped me join some important dots that go to the heart of the origin for David Cameron’s increasingly and distinctly unconservative political outlook. Less than a fortnight ago there was quite a spat as David Cameron launched his vision of a Big Society, with the Conservative party saying:
‘This plan is directly based on the successful community organising movement established by Saul Alinsky in the United States and has successfully trained generations of community organisers, including President Obama.’
A number of conservatives reacted with horror. After all, Saul Alinsky (above) is known as a Marxist, a lifelong cultural revolutionary and political subversive, a point well made by Gerald Warner. Not the sort of bedfellow any true conservative would want. If I had read the comments to Warner’s piece, again I would have got here sooner as other people had already made the link.
The point is, I had been both concerned and puzzled about how Cameron arrived at Alinsky’s knee. But now I know whom the puppetmaster is, it all makes perfect sense. For helping to pull Cameron’s strings is none other than the Obama lizard woman, Anita Dunn.
Who she? The former White House Director of Communications and leading light in the Obama campaign – and a veteran of Jimmy Carter’s shambolic administration. She became an internet celebrity when Fox News’ Glenn Beck played footage of her, licking her lips repeatedly while speaking, declaring that Chinese communist despot, Mao Zedong was one of her favourite political philosophers.
Only today have I learned what others discovered in February – that Anita Dunn is now on the Conservative party payroll. Her company, Squier, Knapp, Dunn Communications — a Washington-based Democrat-leaning political consultancy — is helping Cameron to prepare for the television debates between the party leaders. A search on ConservativeHome for more information about the Tory tie up with ‘Squier, Knapp, Dunn’ and ‘Anita Dunn’ returns no results. But the Mail on Sunday has it today. Below you can see the footage of Dunn talking (without irony) about her fascination with Chairman Mao:
Can the British Conservative Party really be considered conservative when its leader cites the ideas and strategem of Saul Alinsky – a disciple of Marx – and hires as his political consultants a firm run by Anita Dunn – a woman who looks (despite her later weak denial) to a mass murdering Chinese communist Chairman Mao for inspiration in political philosophy? In years gone by, if the Labour party had done this, the Conservatives would be tearing them apart for lurching to the left and channelling old style socialism and communitarianism. Michael Heseltine’s ‘left… left… left left left’ line at conference, anyone?
So what are conservatives supposed to think when the Conservative Party does exactly the same thing? Somehow I doubt this was the change people thought they were being asked to sign up for by Team Karl Cameron.