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We have to simplify our tax system

We have to simplify our tax system

By Stephen Hoffman Tax avoidance and the schemes big companies like Google use to reduce the tax they have to pay within the law have featured largely in the news lately. Much handwringing has occurred and a lot of shouting has been going on about how terrible capitalism and big […]

by × May 21, 2013 ×

Foreign Affairs

Obama is wrong about those who warn of
tyranny – and recent events prove it

In a graduation speech made to the Class of 2013 at Ohio State University earlier this month, President Obama warned students about ‘…voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that is the root of all our problems. You should reject those voices,’ he […]

by × May 20, 2013 ×


Luke Farookhi: Scot calling a kettle black

Luke Farookhi: Scot calling a kettle black

by × May 19, 2013 ×


The EU: ignoring history at its peril

By Calum Heaton-Gent When the euro currency was officially introduced in January 1999, it apparently harked a new age of European financial success. Yet this was not the first attempt at currency unification. And neither will it be the first and last to fail.  On December 23, 1865, the nations of […]

by × May 15, 2013 ×


Northern lights at the end of the tunnel

By Thomas Kingston To deny the EU is in crisis would be tantamount to imbecility and is something most political groupings agree on. So with the majority agreeing Europe is broken and that something needs to happen in reaction to this meltdown, why there is so much bickering? Well mainly […]

by × May 14, 2013 ×

Europe, Home Affairs

The wind is changing – and Cameron’s

I wasn’t a member of the Conservative party in 2005, when David Cameron was elected, and I have often wondered how I would have cast my vote if I had. Thinking about it, had my conversion from socialism occurred two years earlier, I would probably have voted for David Davis. […]

by × May 13, 2013 ×


Are Italians a libertarian people?

This might seem an odd question to ask. Italy, after all, is hardly known for its fiscal responsibility, low taxes and light regulation. It is far better known for its corruption, financial incompetence, high taxes, paralysing labour regulation and for having a postal service so unreliable most eBay sellers won’t […]

by × May 11, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Queen’s Speech: A mixed bag

My favourite part of the State Opening of Parliament is always the pageantry. It’s one of the most spectacular things we do in this country and something I’m happy to say I don’t think anyone else quite surpasses. Her Majesty’s speech itself is probably my least favourite bit. Much as […]

by × May 9, 2013 ×


Luke Farookhi: sweeping it under the carpet

Luke Farookhi: sweeping it under the carpet

by × May 7, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

We have the substance – but where’s the

That UKIP has made unprecedented waves in the latest round of local elections should not have come as a surprise to anyone. The party is riding on a wave of anti-government feeling as austerity bites, the Lib Dems’ protest vote evaporates and Labour continues to be an ineffectual opposition with […]

by × May 5, 2013 ×

Europe, Foreign Affairs

The Belgian Connection

Many of you will have your own impression of Brussels. Not so much because you have visited the Belgian capital city, but because of those dreaded initials we often hear in Conservative circles, those letters which invoke suspicion, profligacy and authoritarianism. They run parallel to Voldemort and almost reside within […]

by × April 30, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Ukip if you want to – the party’s not for

Today’s Tory Diary holds out hope for a future reconciliation with Ukip in the wake of Ken Clarke’s overhyped attack on its candidates and voters and Boris Johnson’s typically optimistic assessment of the purple surge. Andrew Gimson interprets Boris’s words as signifying that Ukip is ‘the lost Tory tribe, and […]

by × April 29, 2013 ×