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Original Reading This Summer

Tory MPs issued with 'Cameroonian' summer reading lists - Telegraph - By Lewis Carter

Every Conservative MP has been handed a 38-book summer reading list to help them think more like David Cameron. ...delivered to the Commons pigeonhole of each Conservative member shortly before recess...

Or as Jonathan Oliver in The Times has it David Cameron throws the book at MPs - Times Online

Every Conservative MP has been issued with a 12-page summer reading list to help them think more like David Cameron...

The daunting list of 37 books, stuffed into the Commons pigeonhole of each Tory member shortly before recess, includes the provocatively titled Political Hypocrisy by David Runciman, a Cambridge lecturer who was at Eton with Cameron. It is easy to see why the book was included. Runciman argues there is nothing inherently wrong with double standards in politics and criticises journalists who seek to expose Westminster hypocrites.

(Telegraph) Among the books selected is Political Hypocrisy by David Runciman, a Cambridge lecturer who was at Eton with Mr Cameron. Interestingly, Runciman argues there is nothing wrong with double standards in politics and criticises journalists who seek to expose Westminster hypocrites.

The list includes other “new Tory” set texts. Nudge, the hit pop-psychology book by the Americans Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is described as “required reading”. The authors’ argue that sometimes voters need a light push to do the right thing, a sentiment that chimes with Mr Cameron’s policies on welfare and tax.

(Times)The list includes other “new Tory” set texts. Nudge, the hit pop-psychology book by the Americans Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is described as “required reading”. The authors’ argument that voters sometimes need a subtle push to do the right thing has been the inspiration for Tory policies on welfare and tax.

Good Business, a tract on the importance of corporate social responsibility, is included, no doubt in part because its author, Steve Hilton, is Cameron’s close friend and policy adviser.

Cold Cream, the memoirs of Ferdinand Mount,....

(Telegraph) Links to Mr Cameron are easy to find elsewhere in the list too. Good Business, a polemic on the importance of corporate social responsibility, is written by Steve Hilton, the Witney MP’s close friend and policy adviser.

Cold Cream, the memoirs of Sir William Ferdinand Mount, ....Mr Cameron himself has seemingly not led by example, choosing a less gruelling way to start his summer break in Cornwall. He has been spotted reading Devil May Care, the new James Bond book by Sebastian Faulks.

(Times) Cameron himself has chosen a less demanding way to start his summer break in Cornwall. He has been spotted leafing through Devil May Care, the pacy new James Bond book by Sebastian Faulks.

Great minds eh?

Comments

St Margaret only required one (Friedrich von Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty), which is sadly missing from the list.

Let us hope that they have already read it.

The presence of "Nudge" on the list is a reminder that Cameroon is drinking deep at the well oxymoronically called "libertarian paternalism" and is just as much a nanny statist as the labour bastards.

Who'd be Tory MP and have to put up with this sort of crap. I suggest they give it the treatment I gave excessively long reading lists at Oxford and ignore the whole list.

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. It's just about short enough for their attention span, and they certainly need it.

The very fact that the book Nudge is listed at the bottom of this list AND recommended as required reading by the front bench sums up perfectly how the Tories have not changed at all.

NUDGE is not about Libertarianism or free personal choice, it is about being able to choose like a child who you take shopping, you will only be allowed to choose from a list of options provided by government.

If this is reflective of David Davies idea of free choice and personal freedoms and his idea of Libertarianism it is a long way from the aspirations of the public.

We will not be treated like children.

So sorry to see that Cameron's Tories still have not learned the lessons of history.

The very fact that the book Nudge is listed at the bottom of this list AND recommended as required reading by the front bench sums up perfectly how the Tories have not changed at all.

NUDGE is not about Libertarianism or free personal choice, it is about being able to choose like a child who you take shopping, you will only be allowed to choose from a list of options provided by government.

If this is reflective of David Davies idea of free choice and personal freedoms and his idea of Libertarianism it is a long way from the aspirations of the public.

We will not be treated like children.

So sorry to see that Cameron's Tories still have not learned the lessons of history.

They would be far better off reading the recent Blog articles on energy supply. Oh, sorry, might be a bit above their heads. Why wasn't the Beano on the list, sounds about right for them.

What a shame that list did not include Lomborg's "Sceptical environmentalist"

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