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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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My Dream Tory Cabinet

My Dream Tory Cabinet

Preamble: I’m supporting Boris in the leadership election and for the purposes of this article am assuming that, as the polls suggest, he will win the membership vote. I’ll save the longer article on why Boris for a later date and for now focus on the rest of the Cabinet – because a government is about much more than one person. Prime Minister: Boris Johnson – the only candidate of the remaining two who can deliver Brexit by 31 October,…

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Ten Thinkers that Have Influenced Me

Ten Thinkers that Have Influenced Me

Defining influence is tricky. We have all undoubtedly been influenced by many people; in particular parents, teachers, friends and others we spend time with. Yet when talking with others about about those views are insightful, ‘hang around with my friends’ is not particularly useful, and parents or teachers are even less accessible. So we think of public figures. In coming up with this list, I’ve focused on those who’ve helped to bring particular issues into focus, or to shed light…

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Prorogation, Salisbury and Self-Denying Ordinances

Prorogation, Salisbury and Self-Denying Ordinances

“We’ve gone from a democratic exercise involving over 33 million people to the future direction of the country being decided by c.100k+ people while making the rules up as we go along and in which suspending parliament is being seriously discussed. Well done everyone.” – Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University, London A quote that’s as brutal as it is accurate. The UK has been slowly lurching into a constitutional crisis for at least the last six…

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Five tit-bits from Ashcroft’s European Election poll

Five tit-bits from Ashcroft’s European Election poll

As he often does, Lord Ashcroft did a large post-election poll of over 10,000 voters which looked in detail at who people voted for, who they’d previously voted for and why they voted. The full article and results are well worth reading, but here are five tit-bits. Only 21% of people who voted Conservative in 2017 and voted in this election, and only 38% of those who voted Labour, voted for the same party in the European elections. More than…

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After May: The Way Forward for our Nation

After May: The Way Forward for our Nation

With May’s departure, the below sets out how I hope that events will unfold for the nation, and for the Conservative Party, over the next few months. 1. After a robust but civil contest, a Tory leader is appointed who is both genuinely committed to Brexit and who is willing to forthrightly champion conservative values, rather than speaking the language of the left(1). 2. New PM asks the EU to alter the Withdrawal Agreement to fully remove the backstop and…

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Leave or Remain? A 2019 Spotter’s Guide to MPs

Leave or Remain? A 2019 Spotter’s Guide to MPs

I had a conversation this week in which I referred to MPs as being Remain or Leave supporters, based on their 2016 vote. That person said, very reasonably, “Shouldn’t we be base things on their current positions, not on what they did in 2016?” That’s fair enough. People change their minds. And their are some MPs, such as Ben Bradley who may have voted Remain in 2016 but whose words and voting record since have been strongly pro-Brexit (though I’m…

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