>Vision versus Pragmatism
>Many of us are used to the word ‘vision’ meaning something good. But the UK Conservative Party seem to be suggesting the opposite.
Throughout the election campaign, and continuing into Government both Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have been saying something along the lines of this:
Paraphrased from an answer to a journalist by George Osborne: “You could either say that we have all the answers and all the vision to solve every problem. Or you could say that we accept we do not have every answer, and will instead launch reviews to correctly evaluate each task as it comes.”
In answer to this the journalist highlighted how long they’d been in opposition (13 years), supposedly to think of issues like this; and questioned why they had not got the answers after so long.
What do you think? Is a healthy dose of pragmatism all we need in government? Is vision merely a sign of excessive personal ambition as Cameron frequently suggests? Or do you think the Conservatives’ attack on visionary ideals is hypocritical, or even suggestive of a lack of forward planning?