Compassionate conservativism

Who coined this phrase and what does it exactly mean? We will ensure you work longer hours, for less money, but will give you the odd pat on the head? What phrase is next? Inclusive racism? Smiley cynicism? Benjamin Disraeli stated: “I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution.” Other than that the term has never really been satisfactorily defined. What we have seen over the last five years is thousands of sick people dying after being declared fit for work, rising levels of food banks, soaring benefit sanctions and public service being cut to the bone. There is nothing here about preserving good things, nor is there any benevolence – so where the hell does the term ‘compassionate conservatism’ come from?

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