Articles by: Alex Illingworth

Conservatism

What does Donald Trump’s victory mean for conservatism?

Donald Trump has been varyingly called conservative, reactionary, populist, and a whole plethora of different (and more profane) terms. One thing is certainly true – this election will impact both America’s and the world’s perception of conservatism as an ideology. As far as I can tell, Donald Trump is not […]

by × November 13, 2016 ×

Liberty

Alex Illingworth: A study of British conservatism

Alex Illingworth: A study of British conservatism

Freedom and conservatism go hand in hand. Britain has considered itself a nation of liberty for centuries, with the origins of its current constitution reaching back to the middle ages. I have long believed that conservatism is about preserving a set of common values, including personal liberty, and in my […]

by × August 31, 2016 ×

Capitalism

What is really causing wealth inequality?

Economic or “wealth inequality” is undeniably a huge problem, not just in Britain but across the world. Increasingly it seems that those at the top are collecting vast quantities of wealth while those at the bottom are left to scratch a living from their low-wage labour. So perhaps it isn’t […]

by × August 21, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Divided and Ruled – how we are losing our  Natural Society

Divided and Ruled – how we are losing our
Natural Society

In modern Britain we have been taught to pull back in repulsion at the very mention of “inequality”, but what does it actually mean, and can it always be so bad? I would argue not, and in a Britain led by the current establishment, we would do well to consider […]

by × July 18, 2016 ×

Constitution

Brexit – A chance for more democracy?

Brexit – A chance for more democracy?

“Don’t despair, but if you must, work on in despair.” So wrote the man I quote far too much for my own good, Edmund Burke. It has been a stressful two weeks for the Conservative Party. But if my idol is to be followed, then I realise I should probably […]

by × July 11, 2016 ×

Home Affairs

Reflections on the referendum in Britain

Reflections on the referendum in Britain

First of all, I would like to remark at what a revealing few days this has been, on all sides of the EU referendum debate. I have learnt a lot more about the nature of the campaigns on both sides from the fallout of this referendum than I did over […]

by × June 30, 2016 ×

Liberty

“Give me liberty or give me death!” – The philosophical case for civil liberties

“Give me liberty or give me death!” – The philosophical case for civil liberties

At Conservatives for Liberty, we defend civil liberties passionately, and our supporters back us because of that. We believe that individual freedom and having certain rights which the government should not curtail, are a fundamental part of living in free, democratic societies, and are also historically entwined with British values […]

by × June 1, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Is leaving the EU the conservative thing to do?

Is leaving the EU the conservative thing to do?

As you may have noticed, there’s been quite a lot of squabbling within the Conservative Party over the issue of the EU referendum recently. The party leader is all for remaining within the EU as he clings to the terms of his “renegotiation”, that is to say, his failure to […]

by × May 17, 2016 ×

Conservatism

A 21st century William Pitt

A 21st century William Pitt

With the UK local and regional elections having just taken place on May 5 it is a telling time for the force of conservatism in British politics. On the one hand, the Conservative Party has made an impressive gain in Scotland, pushing the Labour Party into third place to become the […]

by × May 9, 2016 ×