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Month: July 2019

A Question of Trust

A Question of Trust

One of the central issues in British conservative politics at the moment is the question of trust. It goes beyond debates over whether MPs in general should honour the referendum result, or the actions of those now in The Party Formerly Known as the Independent Group, Dominic Grieves and others, or even the failure to leave the EU on 29th March as the Prime Minister told us over 100 times we would. It’s a fundamental concern that many of those…

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On selling sandwiches

On selling sandwiches

One of the things that sandwich shops – the sort where you get to choose your own fillings from a variety on display – occasionally fall down on is when they don’t have a sensible way of pricing non-standard combinations. If I’m in one I don’t know I always end up scrutinising the boards carefully, lest I accidentally be charged £8 for a ham and cheese sandwich, but it’s usually not clear. This is usually because of overly strict categorisation….

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The Last Battle: A Great but Flawed Work

The Last Battle: A Great but Flawed Work

Spoilers for The Last Battle, other books in the Chronicles of Narnia, A Game of Thrones. C. S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors. He’s so good that I’ll read anything he’s written, even if it’s something I normally wouldn’t- such as numerous Christian books and his adaptation of an undergraduate lecture course on Mediaeval worldview and imagery. His imagination, writing ability and clarity of thought stand out as a giant of his generation. Of all that he’s written,…

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School funding per pupil over time

School funding per pupil over time

I’ve been wanting for a while to get to the bottom of what’s been happening to school funding. Headteachers and campaigners argue that schools are on the edge of bankruptcy; objectively some subjects, such as music, are being cut for cost reasons; and a small number of schools claim they need to close early on Friday. On the other hand, in many ways – equipment, number of teaching assistants, facilities – schools seem considerably better funded than they were during…

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Conservative Home: Three priorities for our next Prime Minister

Conservative Home: Three priorities for our next Prime Minister

In my latest Conservative Home article I set out three priorities for our next Prime Minister: Delivering Brexit by 31 October, with or without a deal. Promoting authentically Conservative values instead of speaking the language of the left. Acting in the interests of ordinary working people, not the metropolitan elite. Of the two candidates standing, I believe Boris Johnson is the best placed to deliver on this, and have voted accordingly – but the article is for the Conservative Party…

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On Communists

On Communists

First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out Because I was not a Jew Then they came for me And…

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Why I’m backing Boris

Why I’m backing Boris

Delivering Brexit by 31 October, championing conservative values and investing in front-line public services – and the only candidate who can stop Corbyn and Farage in the next general election. Delivering Brexit I voted Leave and delivering Brexit is a top priority for me – both for it’s own sake and to deliver on the mandate given by the referendum. We’ve had a stint with a Prime Minister and Chancellor who voted Remain and didn’t really want to leave and…

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The EU wishes to become a nation state

The EU wishes to become a nation state

Here are the aims of the next President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyden. She wants to see “A united states of Europe – run along the lines of the federal states of Switzerland, Germany or the USA.” She wants an EU army: ” “Europe has to build an army,” Wolfgang Clement wrote in this space yesterday. He’s right!” Is she alone? Are these just some aberrant views not shared by other European leaders, who despite this nominated…

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