Tough talking from Simon Heffer in today's Telegraph as he says that Cameron's "moral capitalism is no better then socialism".
Let us mark one thing: that a Conservative victory some time in the next 16 months will have nothing to do with the alternative that party offers to the electorate, other than the specific alternative of its not being the Labour Party.
I generally agree with Heffer's assessment of Cameron and the Tory party. Nor do I fundamentally disagree with Heffer's interpretation of capitalism already being moral, but I do have issues with what he writes. Particularly this.
I can only construe from his words that this is a world where, for example, there are more corner shops and fewer Tescos. But why is Tesco so powerful? Because its customers, exercising their free will, have made it so.
Well, not quite as it happens. Although it is true that Tesco customers are indeed exercising their free will, they are not doing so in a free and fair market.
Tesco has been around since 1919 - and for most of those 90 years was just another grocer. It's sudden leap in the last 20 years or so from being just another supermarket to the dominant force in high street consumerism is not due to buyers exercising their free will, but to the rise of globalisation, corporatism and international trade regulation.
Before we joined the EU and subjected our trade to the whims and ministrations of various unelected bureaucrats things worked more or less like this. Our farmers grew produce - lets say carrots - and grocers competed with each other to buy those carrots. Because Tesco were competing with other grocers to buy those carrots it ensured that our farmers got a fair price for what they grew. If Tesco couldn't get what they needed they'd have to buy elsewhere and pay import duties making their carrots slightly more expensive than home grown carrots - but the people they bought from still received a fair price for their carrots all the same.
Fast forward a few years and those restrictions have gone - and with it the internal competition for home grown produce. Now Tesco can force British farmers to sell at a much lower price or they will take their business elsewhere. Because British farmers are required to sell their goods at much lower prices than they otherwise could, this means that foreign suppliers who make up the shortfall have to reduce their prices as well - no one gets a fair price for their carrots anymore.
The other thing is that Tesco, being a large corporation can lobby internationally and skew the market in its favour - something independent grocers can not do. Tesco bypasses the instrument of democracy and goes straight to the real powers - the corporate bodies that dictate the regulations by which international trade happens; the EU, WTO, UN and so on.
There is no doubt that we have benefited from this in terms of lower food prices, but at what cost to our economic viability? Personally, I believe that we have done considerable damage to our long term future which will take a long time to put right - and the longer we put off doing something about it, the harder that will be.
The sooner we start moving back to being an independent and largely self-sufficient nation again the better our long term prospects will be. Neither Cameron nor any of the other mainstream political parties are offering that as an alternative so it may take some time yet.