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Conservatism, Elections

Honesty, openness and authenticity are the only way the Conservative Party can win back the credibility it has lost

Honesty, openness and authenticity are the only way the Conservative Party can win back the credibility it has lost

Just a few days after the general election I wrote on these pages that I was worried. Worried that if the Conservative Party continued focusing on the positives of the campaign and the result we would not reach a full and proper understanding of what went wrong and why. I […]

by × September 1, 2017 ×

Capitalism

It’s time to remake the case for capitalism

It’s time to remake the case for capitalism

By Harry Clynch Few of us would deny that the general election was a complete travesty for the Conservative Party. Through a grossly incompetent campaign, the Prime Minister managed to squander a twenty point lead to put the most dangerous Labour leader in the party’s history within inches of Downing […]

by × August 31, 2017 ×

Conservatism

Why are young Tories so dogged by scandal?

Why are young Tories so dogged by scandal?

Conservative activists up and down the country find themselves groaning (again) as a scandal involving young Tories unfolds (again). I’m not going to write about the debacle surrounding the launch of ‘grassroots’ organisation ‘Activate’. Suffice to say it has been disaster, and the approach and comments of members of the […]

by × August 30, 2017 ×

Economic, Liberty

The unacceptable face of the Conservative Party

The unacceptable face of the Conservative Party

I had to do a double take yesterday when checking my Facebook feed. There, proudly stated on the Conservative Party’s very own Facebook page, and reported on BBC News, the Conservative’s were denouncing Executive pay. Or, to put it another way, they were denouncing the fact that, in order to attract the […]

by × August 29, 2017 ×

Liberty

Why the Conservatives should embrace a green future

Why the Conservatives should embrace a green future

By Ollie Marshall It’s time for the Conservatives to embrace a green future; end prohibition and legalise weed! The issue of Cannabis legalisation is one that tends to pop up every so often. Most recently it made headlines in the UK after Tim Farron included legalisation in the Lib Dem […]

by × August 14, 2017 ×

Europe, Scotland

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

One of the more pathetic argument deployed by Remainers before the EU referendum was the notion that a vote for Leave would endanger the union by alienating Scotland, supposedly a EUphile bastion, and thus fan the flames of Scottish Nationalism. According to Labour’s Remainer in chief, Alan Johnson, if the […]

by × June 25, 2017 ×

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Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

It started so well. A 20 point lead in the opinion polls had us dreaming of a commanding majority, a clear mandate and an opposition on the precipice. Then it slowly turned into a nightmare as dozens of seats fell and at one point some bookies had Corbyn as favourite […]

by × June 21, 2017 ×

Liberty

Goodbye tolerance, hello thought police

Goodbye tolerance, hello thought police

‘In the end, the Labour party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that.’ So predicted Enoch Powell in 1968, a time when Harold Wilson’s party had just begun to introduce right-on luvvie liberalism alongside its rapidly dating economic socialism. Fast-forward half a century and YouGov now […]

by × June 18, 2017 ×

Blog, Capitalism, Economic, Liberty

In defence of the Pursuit of Happiness

In defence of the Pursuit of Happiness

Jonah Goldberg, author of ‘Liberal Fascism’ had this to say of the state of US politics, ‘America’s political system used to be about the pursuit of happiness. Now more and more of us want to stop chasing and have it delivered’. Faced with the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and his […]

by × June 16, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Economy, Europe

Miriam González Durántez at Trafalgar Square by Brian Minkoff-London Pixels https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Sorry, Mrs Clegg, international trade is ‘back to front’

Miriam González Durántez, who in less enlightened times would have been known as Mrs Nick Clegg, used a column in George Osborne’s revanchist Evening Standard shortly before the general election to ‘school’ (as publishers of YouTube videos so love to say) Theresa May on the complexities of international trade ahead of her […]

by × June 15, 2017 ×

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Tories in denial: We lost this election

Tories in denial: We lost this election

It is natural for people to look for silver linings when something bad has happened, but unless there is a proper assessment of what went wrong and why, this can look dangerously like being in denial. And this week’s general election result is no different. Already I see MPs and […]

by × June 10, 2017 ×

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Theresa May must resign

Theresa May must resign

This was Theresa May’s election: it was her manifesto, her campaign strategy, and all the messaging was for ‘Theresa May’s candidates’. And the Conservative Party has lost as a result. Let’s be clear – no one else has won. Faced with the worst Conservative campaign in an awfully long time, […]

by × June 9, 2017 ×