He also spoke at the Manning Centre Conference over the weekend:
The sixth annual Manning Networking Conference wrapped up Saturday evening here with a rapturously received speech by Mark Steyn, who’s pretty much the perfect closer for a crowd of potentially frustrated right-wingers.
“Culture trumps politics,” Mr. Steyn argued. “Once every few years you can persuade the electorate to go out and vote for a conservative party. But if you want them to vote for conservative government you have to do the hard work of shifting the culture.”
“Because if the culture’s liberal, if the schools are liberal, if the churches are liberal, if the hip, fashionable business elite is liberal, if the guys who make the movies and the pop songs are liberal, then electing a conservative ministry isn’t going to make a lot of difference.”
He’s right about that, and it was the right message with which to release the assembled Tories from the fishbowl.