What's in store?


With political analysts already suggesting that David Cameron is a PM-in-waiting, most Brits are eager for change. A change from the stealth taxes, over-centralization and onslaught on civil liberties that have summed up Labour, and more noticeably, Gordon Brown.

Another crucial issue will be the EU. And to this, Cameron will bring change too.  Much of his policy towards this institution is to be commended. In July 2006 he helped to found the Movement for European Reform together with the Czech Civic Democrats. This will work towards the removal of protectionism (particularly dismantling the CAP) and usher in a free-trade platform that the EU no doubt needs to embrace. If they were to succeed, such reforms would not only alleviate the poverty of excluded agriculturalists but would also allow food prices to fall as supply increases (not to mention helping to reduce taxes).

So all is good? Well, up to a point. Trouble could actually stem from the deep-seated euroscepticism of many of his MPs. Their aversion to the EU will likely breed lethargy and leave the British government simply moaning about Europe without ever engaging or accomplishing significant reform. And as our report Eutopia argued, if we're going to be in the EU then we might as well fight our corner properly.

It will be interesting to see on which side of this line David Cameron decides to walk.