Two supposedly landmark political events have occurred on the island of Ireland this week. Both were greeted with an element of surprise and excitement and were hailed as great victories for the “progressive movement”, both were inevitable. The referendum in
You might ask why the UK Independence Party ever had Amjad Bashir MEP as a member, but that ship has sailed. The real question now is why, given the serious allegations against him, the Conservative Party has accepted Bashir.
As Prince Andrew becomes the latest figure to be named in an establishment paedophile scandal, the British nation has woken up today to face, yet again, the uncomfortable possibility that they are governed by an elite political and media establishment
The right is rarely a forum for self-congratulation, preferring wary scepticism or angry indolence, but last month was the best month for conservatives in Britain in a very long time, and through the haze of differing party loyalties on the
Even in a week of great political upheaval, politics can be dully predictable. I spent the first part of the week in Madrid for the unveiling of the Margaret Thatcher Plaza, which a vast array of media outlets excitedly reported
The former poet laureate Phillip Larkin once wrote: “Our children will not know it’s a different country. All we can hope to leave them now is money.” It is a dystopian view of a Britain with nothing of value remaining
Despite reams of analysis, many if not most people in Westminster don’t understand why Douglas Carswell defected to UKIP last week. It wasn’t about the EU, it wasn’t about immigration, it wasn’t about a desire to hold on to his
It is often said, because it is true, that what happens in North America politically and economically is a precursor to what will happen in Britain. Conservatism is undergoing a global reawakening after two decades asleep to the scourge of
Last week it was revealed that the Conservative Party’s income from membership has fallen to within £50,000 of UKIP’s, and the average age of a Conservative Party member has risen to 68. At Conservative Party Conference last year, the Bow Group
The worst thing, no, the second worst thing about the paedophile and sex abuse scandal that is currently engulfing Westminster is that it isn’t news to most people who have worked in and around Parliament for even a few years.
It is curious that of the three major parliamentary party leaders, the most pressure has thus far been on Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband who, despite their poor performance, nevertheless remain on steady course to form a “Progressive Coalition” in
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
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
Cameron's Christian Rebirth Is Suspect, Coming After Record UKIP Polling, and Indicators that the Tories Need the Religious Vote
A little reported study was published this week by Gavin Barwell MP, investigating why the Conservative Party has such little support among ethnic minority communities. It found that minority groups perceived the Conservative Party to be, among other things, anti-religious. Two
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. The book was
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
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
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
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 decision by David Cameron to block the right of constituencies to recall their MPs in cases of wrongdoing has been much debated in the UK over the past week. It echoes a feeling that has been building about Parliament
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