Hertiage Foundation analyst Nile Gardiner claimed last month that the “the conservative revolution that is sweeping America” offers “the best hope for saving the future of the Special Relationship” between the UK and the US. But conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron poured cold water on that assessment. In an interview with The Financial Times, Cameron emphasized his “differences with the American Right,” particularly the tea parties’ desire to engage in a “culture war”:
Later, I would ask him what he thinks of American conservatism’s lurch to the libertarian extreme.
“How shall I put this? We seem to have drifted apart… there is an element of American conservatism that is headed in a very culture war direction, which is just different. There are differences with the American right.”
Indeed, the passion of the tea party movement seems to arise from racial angst, an anti-immigrant posture, opposition to gay rights, and Islamophobic fears, among other factors. Those issues seem to have less sway with conservatives across the pond. One British conservative activist, who is trying to lead a British tea party-like effort, conceded, “We are less concerned with God, guns and gays.”