Elections

#GE4L, Europe

The Daoguang Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

The EU’s ‘unequal treaties’

One of the more colourful episodes of British imperialism – and, let’s face it, there’s a lot to choose from – took place around the ‘misspent youth’ of empire at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign – when its full might was put behind the somewhat embarrassing pursuit of drug-pushing. […]

by × May 3, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Elections

A General Election, for Liberty

A General Election, for Liberty

Following the Prime Minister’s election announcement last Tuesday, Conservatives for Liberty have wasted no time getting into full election mode. While we have frequently voiced concerns about some elements of Theresa May’s programme, we have consistently believed that she is the best-placed to lead the country through the process of […]

by × April 30, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Health & Environment

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

“I’m voting Labour because of the NHS.’’ How many times have you heard it? A statement worn as a badge of altruistic honour; a noble creed that raises the Labour Party above the sordid cesspool of party politics. The very definition of how Labour is different, how Labour cares. In […]

by × April 28, 2017 ×

Elections

Person voting

Brexit is the priority; but we still need a radical manifesto

As Conservative members up and down the country prepare for the second election campaign in two years, it seems to many that the result is already a foregone conclusion. A larger Tory majority is highly likely. With things as they stand, the election is set to be fought over Brexit […]

by × April 19, 2017 ×

Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 2017 ×

Elections, News

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The universal agreement that Copeland was a huge win for the Conservatives and a disaster for Labour ensured the focus of debate was mainly on the significance of the result in Stoke. Ross Clark disagrees with the emerging consensus that Ukip are finished, citing their robust vote share (which increased […]

by × February 27, 2017 ×

Elections

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

And so, yet again, UKIP fails on the big occasion. Once again they fluff their lines/miss an open goal/leave their fly open as they walk into the job interview (circle your metaphor of choice). Every time they look like making a breakthrough they smack into the glass ceiling of Westminster […]

by × February 26, 2017 ×

Elections, Northern Ireland

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

If you’re familiar with Northern Irish culture then you’ll no doubt have heard of the Sham Fight. Each 13th July, those of a sober disposition, and whose Twelfth is therefore enjoyed with ice cream and the like, join those who can manage a third consecutive day on the drink in […]

by × February 7, 2017 ×

Elections, News

Will there be a Brexit political realignment?

Does the Liberal Democrats’ victory over Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park indicate the start of a genuine realignment of British politics around the Brexit vote? I’m sceptical. Overturning a 23,000 majority is a remarkable accomplishment, but we ought to remember that the candidate had no access to a campaigning machine […]

by × December 2, 2016 ×

Elections, Foreign Affairs, Leftwatch

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

November 25 was a date of cosmic importance this year. Jupiter joined a waning crescent Moon in the dawn sky, “bleeding inside each other’s wounds,” according to the America’s Most Haunted Twitter account, whatever that means. But it wasn’t the only event of cosmic significance to occur that evening. As the […]

by × December 1, 2016 ×

Elections, Liberty

Why populism trumps the status quo

Why populism trumps the status quo

By Julian Glassford The political earthquake that the Republican Party’s president-elect has sparked is bigger than the United States of America, and bigger, even, than the ego of “braggadocios” Donald Trump. With tremors still being felt right around the globe, the shock outcome has taken virtually everyone by surprise and left […]

by × November 27, 2016 ×

America, Elections, Leftwatch

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

Something about the past two days has really annoyed me: the characterisation of all of the people who voted Trump as racists and bigots. Yes, we know that some Trump voters are indeed those things – but that doesn’t mean that the 59.6 million Americans voted Republican in this election […]

by × November 10, 2016 ×