July 20, 2003

U.K. public opinion receptive to free-market reforms

The British public is apparently ready to support more freedom oriented policies in health, education and other areas:

Voters are prepared to pay for health insurance if it guarantees them better and faster care, according to a ground-breaking new poll that suggests the public is far more open to radical ideas than politicians realise.

The survey finds strong support among taxpayers for a range of controversial policy alternatives, including giving parents the right to choose private schools for their children and American-style "zero tolerance" policing.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Conservative Party is willing to follow suit...