Greening the Issue I

This, from British Tory leader David Cameron, who has made his name as a conservative promoter of green issues, is very interesting:

Launching the campaign, Mr Cameron said green issues were “not just about the stratosphere, it’s about the street corner” and Conservative councils made improving the local environment a priority.

He said Conservative-controlled councils had lower levels of graffiti, flyposting and flytipping and were “totally committed” to fighting crime and anti-social behaviour.

In what I regard as a politically brilliant move, David Cameron has just redefined classic neoconservative “broken windows” anti-crime strategy as “green.” “Neocon” is a dirty word in Britain, “green” is the badge of public approval for anything. So call a neocon policy “green” and you have an instant winner. Brilliant!

Cross-posted from The Really Inconvenient Blog.