Monthly Archives: September 2008
Charlotte Leslie was selected as one of ten Conservative candidates to write for SMF (Social Market Foundation) publication “The New Blue”.
You can download this “The New Blue” and read her essay “Chapter3 – Public Engagement – The Key To Raising Aspiration”.
In this essay Charlotte concludes:
My ideas to revitalise society are based on measures that would also help an individual: affirming their identity; affirming the worth of that identity and confirming the ability to act and achieve. The assumption I make is that with all these things in place, people will actually want to achieve and aspire.
Of course, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. No number of satisfied conditions can actually create aspiration itself – that is beyond politicians. But since all these policy suggestions have wider benefits beyond those of encouraging aspiration, I venture that they are not a bad place to start if we want to release aspiration so this country and its citizens can achieve their full, and great potential.