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Economy

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank governor, can we have their PM, too?

If we can have the Canadians’ central bank
governor, can we have their PM, too?

In less than five months, Canadian Mark Carney will succeed Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England. It isn’t difficult to see why such a unorthodox appointment was made – Carney has been Governor of the Bank of Canada during a remarkable period in the Frozen Dominion’s history. […]

by × February 17, 2013 ×

Health & Environment

How many more Staffords before we seriously consider NHS breakup?

How many more Staffords before we
seriously consider NHS breakup?

Probably one of the most underplayed points of agreement between many Liberals and Conservatives is support for breaking up the NHS. It’s a little-known fact but, in 2005, then-MEP Nick Clegg declared “We do want to break up the NHS” because “frankly the faults of the British health service compared […]

by × February 13, 2013 ×

Elections

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

Winning the north is about being more Conservative, not less

ConservativeHome’s Deep End has picked up on an interesting column by the New York Times’ David Brooks on what he sees as the need for ‘a second GOP’ in the US which would be able to reach out to presently untouched coastal and Midwestern voters. The comparison to the Conservatives’ […]

by × February 9, 2013 ×

Liberty

Joe Bloggs cares not a jot for gay marriage – and God bless him for it

‘Splits’ in politics are favourite subjects for the media. Whether these are real or imagined splits within a coalition government, a political party or said party’s supporters, it’s a subject that is easy to write and makes good reading in newspapers. But with the media increasingly prone to hyperbole, it’s […]

by × February 5, 2013 ×

Liberty

Britain was brave to abolish the slave trade; we must be so with gay marriage

We have more to be proud of than we sometimes give ourselves credit for in this country. We not only led the world in the development of parliamentarianism, free trade and industry but also in some of the great humanitarian leaps of history such as abolishing the slave trade and, […]

by × February 3, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

What constitution?

Matthew Groves MP makes some very good points about some of the best features of Conservatism in his ConservativeHome column today – summed up in Viscount Falkland’s quip ‘when it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.’ This, as a political philosophy, is in contrast to […]

by × January 31, 2013 ×

Capitalism

Wake up and smell Cameron’s foul brew

Wake up and smell Cameron’s foul brew

Whatever lefties may tell you, faith in markets has never quite taken hold amongst conservatives. There has always been a tendency, as with socialists, to affect social change by turning to the state. William Wilberforce, an enthusiast for socially repressive legislation if ever there was one, provides a good historical […]

by × January 25, 2013 ×

Home Affairs

Sorry Nigel, UKIP is not a libertarian party

One of the more frequent claims by UKIP activists attempting to recruit me, particularly the younger ones, is that their party is an inherently libertarian one – one which stands apart from the three main parties (if you can count the Lib Dems anymore) in its focus on liberty. Certainly […]

by × January 19, 2013 ×