On the other hand, you could argue that David Cameron’s presentation of his ideologies and beliefs reflect a more moderate and caring conservatism. For example, when Margaret Thatcher was in power, the New Right Conservatives led to opposition of government intervention to the poor and that the reason why the lower class where in the position they are in is due to their lazy work ethic. Subsequently, the government had created a dependency culture where members of society had become to dependent on state benefits. Conversely, David Cameron said that state support ought to be a last resort; however one should not blame society for bad behaviour, this explanation is a lot less harsh. Also, as we all know teenagers have a very negative portrayal within the British media and Mr. Cameron came up with the ‘hug a hoody’ campaign making him seem more kind and wanting to understand youth culture instead of blaming them. He also puts a lot of emphasis on a ‘big society’ and that we should all unite as one which contradicts the conservative belief of individualism. You could say that the only reason he seems to be more liberal because he wants to be seen as more in the middle of the political spectrum, which is for the public to decide.
Both Misses Thatcher and David Cameron conservative party’s have similar views to low taxation. Thatcher’s conservatives saw that in the early 1980’s, tax on businesses reached a high level. High levels of such direct taxation where a disincentive to enterprise and hard work. By reducing taxes on income and business would be an incentive to have more entrepreneurial activity, general investment in economic growth. The Thatcher government rapidly levels if income tax. Cameron’s Conservatives continue to argue for the reduction of taxation in general and income and company taxation. The New Right conservatives see taxation as being disincentive to enterprise and also the core conservative belief of individualism. Consequently new Conservatives promote themselves as being ‘business friendly’.
Finally, both Cameron and Thatcher’s Party are Euro sceptics. Misses Thatcher believed in hat most of the recent evils the world has faced - including Nazism and Communism - were born on mainland Europe and did not want to join the EU. Due to current economic circumstances, you could argue that Thatcher’s scepticism was just to an extent and David Cameron’s party remain suspicious of the EU. Only a minority suggest Britain should withdraw completely, most however agree that there are too many European regulations members do not retain enough of their independence within the union. It remains official policy that Britain should not join the European single currency.
In conclusion, there is more evidence that suggests that Cameron has kept more elements of Thatcherism in the new conservative party rather then enforcing completely new beliefs. Cameron can be called a ‘child of Thatcher’ because of the substance of his policies, but not however in style.