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Month: November 2019

Defending our Veterans

Defending our Veterans

In many areas, my support for conservative policies is based on pragmatism. While all political decisions have a moral dimension, quite often that position is based upon utilitarian rather than deontological considerations. In economics, for example, my support for the free market is based upon pragmatic considerations rather than its innate moral value – and I have no qualms about the state stepping in where it doesn’t, for example to break up monopolies. Similarly, teaching phonics is good because it…

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Christmas Quiz coming soon

Christmas Quiz coming soon

With under a month until Advent, Christmas Quiz XIV is almost complete, with only 13 questions to write. This year the theme will be ‘sequences’. They could be sequences of all kind: mathematical, literary, geographical, dates and so on. It’s the same theme that was used for Christmas Quiz VI – though none of the questions are the same. As always, the Quiz will be out on the first day of Advent (this year Sunday 1st December) with answers due…

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Ten positive reasons to vote Conservative

Ten positive reasons to vote Conservative

With the general election just over a month away, here are ten positive reasons to vote for the Conservative Party. 1. We’ll get Brexit done. We’ll leave with the good deal Boris has negotiated, which takes back control of our laws, our money and our borders while permitting a close trading relationship – and we’ll do it quickly so we can get back to focusing on important domestic matters. 2. We’ll hire 20,000 new police officers. And we’ll make sure…

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Blogging update

Blogging update

As you may have noticed, blogging has been sparse recently. That was mainly because I was working as a Special Adviser which, in addition to very long hours, also meant that as part of the government, though not under a duty to be impartial, I did have to be a little careful what I said. With the election occurring, I’ve now taken up a new role outside government which should be ‘normal professional’ rather than ‘routinely working 12 hour days’…

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