“For the next generation, focused on the future, the EU is as weird and old-fashioned as having a landline.” That was Steve Hilton, the former senior adviser to David Cameron setting out the modernising Tory case for Brexit in a speech (followed by a Q&A) at Policy Exchange think tank last week. Challenged by the Times‘ Jenni Russell that he famously doesn’t have a mobile and can only be contacted by landline, Hilton countered that that had been a joke.
His speech was a timely reminder of just how good and stimulating a thinker he is—and what a loss he is to No 10. In the speech, Hilton crisply and clearly set out the modernisers’ agenda.
“We wanted to be open not closed: open to all races and cultures; open on gay rights…”
“We stood for the future not the past—embracing technology and its potential to transform government, public services and the economy…”
“… embracing environmentalism as a concrete act of responsibility to future generations…”
“…and seeking to learn from innovators and pioneers in every sector.”