Conservatism

Conservatism

Jak Allen: Why I am a Conservative

Jak Allen: Why I am a Conservative

I’ve recently grown to realise that I am conservative in many ways. When I was growing up, I was often painted the picture of conservatives that represent an almost bourgeois, middle to upper class snobbery. My local constituency, Stevenage, had also lazily succumbed to a heavy Labour-leaning mentality during the […]

by × May 29, 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 ×

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 ×

Conservatism

Your good intentions are not enough

Your good intentions are not enough

In this recent post by Ben Harris, he aptly describes a insidious culture in which after a problem is identified “something must done” regardless of what that something is. To object to what is being done is tantamount to sanctioning the existence of the problem or denying the problem exists. […]

by × April 6, 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 ×

Conservatism

The scourge of the “something must be done” culture

The scourge of the “something must be done” culture

Few can doubt that this year’s budget was an explosive one. Although most of the headlines concerned the proposals for a cut in disability benefits (which have now since been ring-fenced in the fallout), a new tax was announced which got the whole country talking: the sugar tax. Although fiercely […]

by × April 2, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Great British Taxpayer: Why I am  a Conservative

Great British Taxpayer: Why I am
a Conservative

In the build-up to the 2005 general election when I was fifteen years old, I borrowed a permanent marker and scribbled the words “If you’re a wanker” under a huge “VOTE CONSERVATIVE” sign that greeted unsuspecting gallivanters to my home counties village. At the time, I viewed the right honourable […]

by × March 27, 2016 ×

Conservatism

Jamie Hollywood: Why I am a Conservative

Jamie Hollywood: Why I am a Conservative

Recently I made one of the hardest decisions of my life. You might think that for an 18-year-old like me it would be getting engaged to my fiancé, deciding to take the leap and move out, or finally choosing which course and University I’m going to; but no. Since 2010, […]

by × March 20, 2016 ×

Conservatism

David Cameron’s reply to IDS resignation

David Cameron’s reply to IDS resignation

Thank you for your letter this evening. We are all very proud of the welfare reforms which this Government has delivered over the last six years, and in which you have played an important part. As a Government, we have done a huge amount to get people into work, reduce […]

by × March 19, 2016 ×

Conservatism, Liberty

Marriage is a barrier against the state

Marriage is a barrier against the state

In my previous piece I argued that marriage allows you to unambiguously define your family. Now I want to add to that point with regards to children. Marriage can arguably be said to have been designed for the protection and provision of children (I am not sure that the state […]

by × March 15, 2016 ×

Conservatism

To be truly free, we all need a  healthy dose of scepticism

To be truly free, we all need a
healthy dose of scepticism

  Scepticism is an attitude and a philosophy that should be a central principle for every thinking human being. In reality most people are astonishingly incurious, close minded and happy to adopt a comforting policy of intellectual protectionism. Many people who consider themselves to be open minded are in-fact frustratingly […]

by × March 13, 2016 ×