Category Archives: Politics

Progressive my arse

One of the on-going irritations of the Scottish independence debate is the claim by Yes campaigners that their cause is progressive whereas the No side is suffocatingly conservative. Against this, it seems to me that there is no progressive cause … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: Both our most successful free marketeer and the reason why liberal economic policies haven’t advanced for 20 years

Margaret Thatcher left office when I was eight years old. I remember watching Michael Heseltine, Douglas Hurd and John Major vie to succeed her and finding the thought of a man being Prime Minister deeply odd. That in itself is … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Labour’s economic policy ahead of Ed Miliband’s speech on Thursday

He may have been banished to the backbenches two years ago but Gordon Brown still casts a long shadow over those sitting in front of him. The latest ICM poll shows 29% voters still blame Labour’s legacy for the current … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s New Year’s Resolutions

In Nick Clegg’s New Year message he promised that “the Liberal Democrats will continue to anchor this Coalition in the centre ground.” It’s a familiar rhetorical theme that Liberal Democrat and Alliance politicians have wheeled out over the last thirty … Continue reading

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The Greatest Parliamentarian of the Last 25 Years

The following article won The Spectator’s Greatest Parliamentarian of the Last 25 Years article writing competition in 2010: I nominate David Steel as the best Parliamentarian of the last twenty-five years.  While there were more important historical figures sitting in … Continue reading

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The Future is British

David Cameron dropped in to see Alex Salmond in Edinburgh earlier today and took the opportunity to give a speech setting out the case for Scotland remaining part of the UK. As well as setting out the rational economic case … Continue reading

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They Live

“They Live is one of the most important films ever made.  There’s Schindler’s List then there’s They Live.  I think it should be shown in schools.”  Robert Florence These were Robert Florence’s words as he introduced the GFT’s showing of … Continue reading

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