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Conservatism

Alexander Illingworth: Why I am a  Conservative

Alexander Illingworth: Why I am a
Conservative

If you trace the history of British conservatism back to its origins, you will find a wide spectrum of different ideas which politicians have branded ‘conservatism’. The term itself did not come into use until the time of the French Revolution, to describe the monarchist, anti-revolutionary politics of those in […]

by × April 24, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Brexit and the Left

Brexit and the Left

In the 1975 referendum, one of the leading figures in the argument to reverse Britain’s membership of the EEC was Tony Benn. Benn, for those young enough not to remember him well was an ardent socialist on the Left of the Labour movement, when the Labour movement as a whole […]

by × April 23, 2016 ×

Constitution, News

I want a Parliament full of Elizabeth IIs

I want a Parliament full of Elizabeth IIs

Like so many aspects of our nations wonderful unwritten constitution the fact that our Head of State is given to us by accident of birth and not through election may seem illogical, however it is a practise which continues to work, and in many ways makes our country far freer, […]

by × April 21, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Alexander Harrison: Why I am a Conservative

Alexander Harrison: Why I am a Conservative

We all know the typical process of politicisation that young people tend to undergo when they arrive at University and begin studying for their degree. The amalgamation of adolescent naivety and the ideological luminescence of far-left politics tends to lead people like me into the ranks of the Communist Party […]

by × April 3, 2016 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The EU is keeping Africa poor

The EU is keeping Africa poor

In all the arguments over the EU and Britain’s continued membership, most centre around the self-interest element of membership. And of course, it is right in many ways that it does so, each has a responsibility to his own – his family, his neighbour, his fellow countryman. But although the […]

by × March 6, 2016 ×

Europe

The Remains have nothing positive to say

The Remains have nothing positive to say

I observed several months ago that the Remain campaign is not so much pro-EU as anti-Brexit. To that end, I have yet to hear a single argument explaining why international trade and co-operation requires supranational governance. There are none. Australia and New Zealand do not need the same currency, the […]

by × March 6, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

Britain’s foreign and security policy cannot
be in hock to the EU

On Wednesday we had the unedifying experience of watching the government squirm over the  wrongful inclusion of General Sir Michael Rose in what amounted to a ‘campaign letter’ for the Remain side. It hardly surprises me that the General has no truck with such a letter (and apparently ignored it, not […]

by × February 25, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Dan Pitt: Why I am a Conservative

Dan Pitt: Why I am a Conservative

When a private message appeared in my twitter private message box asking me, if I would like to contribute to the CfL series on ‘Why I am a Conservative’, I thought “by jove, they have read my mind”, because I had started an article, nonetheless left it on the backburner, […]

by × February 14, 2016 ×

Europe

A “Remain” vote may tear the
Conservative Party apart

I’ve heard it said that some folk can’t support the Leave proposition because if Leave win, it will give a massive boost to UKIP. The theory goes that their worst headbangers who dribble on about all manner of conspiracy theories (presumably orchestrated by muslims), would be dancing in the street […]

by × February 4, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Bob Gardiner: Why I am a Conservative

Bob Gardiner: Why I am a Conservative

I had an interesting early life. My first memories were of Malaya (Malaysia) where my father was serving with the Ghurkha regiment. As the years went on we moved around the globe but the world imploded when I was ten – my father died. Suddenly we were transported from Belgium […]

by × January 23, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Luke Lancaster: Why I am a Conservative

Luke Lancaster: Why I am a Conservative

There’s nothing special about my origins. My family are hard-working folk from humble backgrounds and have done well for themselves through their own efforts and endeavours. Some of my family are apolitical, others would be classed as ‘floating voters’ and a few are strongly aligned to a particular party. Rightly, […]

by × January 17, 2016 ×

Europe

Globalisation is killing off the EU, bring it on!

Globalisation is killing off the EU, bring it on!

By “White Wednesday” In the coming EU referendum, we will face a choice of competing visions. Not of the status quo, but on the one hand a vision of Britain as part of a steadily-integrating EU (at whatever speed) or a vision of Britain outside it. There may be some […]

by × January 13, 2016 ×