Greed and envy are sins. So why is Boris Johnson trying to turn them into virtues?
The religious overtones of his speech to the Centre for Policy Studies, that temple of Thatcherism, seem to fundamentally challenge the ethical basis Britain's morals are built on.
"I don't believe that economic equality is possible. Indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity," he said.
Perhaps the London mayor was trying to make up for his speech to this year's party conference, when he ruffled Tory feathers between the jokes by staunchly opposing anti-immigrant politics.
In amongst the signature Johnson fluff, his address to the CPS certainly made up for it. This was unusually plain speaking for a Tory. There is something about right-wing politics which makes it reluctant to confront the truth: that the spirit of innovation and self-betterment has a fundamentally selfish motive. In itsRead More »from No Boris, greed and charity don’t mix