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The Conservatives Have Become Statist Supporters of High Taxation

One of the biggest consistent drivers for people to vote Conservative is that it has always been the anti-taxation party, believing by core ideology that tax is a vexatious barrier to prosperity, or at best a necessary evil that should be cut with every year the Tories remain in power. May 15, 2014 7:13 AM PT

11 Steps the Conservative Party Can Take to Revive its Grassroots

Earlier this week the Bow Group's Chairman Benjamin Harris-Quinney argued that the Conservative Party should not go down the road of state-funding for political parties, but instead should take urgent measures to reconnect with its electoral base and grassroots members May 10, 2014 5:50 AM PT

British Conservative Party Dazed and Confused by UKIP

The Conservative Party sits dazed, confused and undecided, at a crossroads. Despite pulling the decimated British economy from the ashes, the Party is on course to come third in the European Elections this month.In the last ten years it has surrended both the leadership of the British conservative movement and the popular vote. May 7, 2014 9:28 AM PT

The Collapse of The Political Classes

In 2008, journalist Peter Oborne wrote a must-read modern political work entitled 'The Triumph of the Political Class', identifying and bemoaning the replacement of the British Establishment with a new, self-serving, cross-party, incestuous political class in Westminster Apr 12, 2014 9:29 AM PT

The Greatest Tribute We Can Pay to Margaret Thatcher is to Let Her Speak for Herself

I first met Margaret Thatcher as a child at a constituency event she held in Finchley to thank her local activists for 40 years of service that had delivered her to the highest office in the land. My Grandmother was one of the first people to campaign for Margaret Thatcher to be selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Finchley in 1958, she didn't stop campaigning for her for the 40 years that followed. Apr 9, 2014 1:49 AM PT

March of The Modernisers: Is it Time to Draft David Davis again?

Amidst the soap opera of Boris vs George vs Theresa and Gove, it would appear that a fervent debate is taking place in the Conservative Party as to the future of its leadership, in the event of the party not winning a majority in 2015 Mar 25, 2014 5:59 AM PT

The Right Not to Serve: Free Market Economics 101

As a consumer, I choose what I buy, and where I buy it from. To get to the point of citizen emancipation where I am in a position to do so has cost millions of lives and exhausted what once seemed like an endless, un-winnable debate. We got here nonetheless, because people want the freedom to choose more than almost anything else. Mar 6, 2014 2:12 AM PT

The Church is No Longer The Conservative Party at Prayer

In May 2012, major Conservative donor and LGBT activist Ivan Massow wrote an article making the case that the Conservative Party had nothing to fear in discarding social conservatism, because its advocates in the party had nowhere else to go. The idea was said to strike a chord with Tory leader David Cameron Feb 26, 2014 5:07 AM PT

The Tory Civil War: The Story Behind The De-Selection Casualties

There was a time when Conservative Party members chose their Members of Parliament, their leaders and voted on Party policy. It has been slowly, but clumsily, replaced with a system where almost every facet of decision-making is centralised to the Party's HQ in Westminster. Feb 20, 2014 3:45 AM PT

Coca-Cola's Super Bowl Ad Reduces America to the Sum of Its Parts

Margaret Thatcher once said of Britain, "we must learn to be one nation, or we will be no nation." In searching for unity in discord at a time when the traditional values that once underpinned British society were increasingly being questioned, Thatcher often looked to the United States, with some jealousy, as an example of a nation with a unique ability to find unity and patriotic fervour amidst great diversity. Feb 9, 2014 4:13 PM PT


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