One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Belinda Brown

Belinda Brown

Belinda Brown is author of 'The Private Revolution' and a number of well-cited academic papers. More recently, she has started writing and blogging for The Daily Mail and The Conservative Woman. She has a particular interest in men's issues and the damage caused by feminism.
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Belinda Brown: Feminists have dismantled the social conventions that protected women against rape

Feminists recently got upset by a very sensible Sussex Police poster advising young women to stick together on their night out. What I would suggest really sparked feminist anxiety was a non-overtly feminist organisation participating in any way on the discourse around rape. Rape is to feminists what exploitation is to the communists. It provides […]


Belinda Brown: Female liberation damages men and women

This is a condensed version of a talk Belinda gave at a panel discussion on the relationship between feminism and the libertarian/free market movement. The theme was: Feminism and the free market: Does liberty entail liberation? When I was invited to come and speak I was apprehensive as I’m not well versed in political theory. […]


Belinda Brown: Memo to the uber-liberal Danes. Pornography is addictive and damaging

A Danish “sexology” professor, Christian Graugaard, has had what I would call a very Danish idea – to show pornography in sex education classes in order to help students become more critical of what they watch online. The Danes, it has to be said, have a very different approach towards sex and since their age […]


Belinda Brown: Sorry, Rachel, but taking a Cabinet seat then going on maternity leave is anything but feminist

Labour high-flier Rachel Reeves’s boast that, if her party wins the General Election in May, she will hold a post in Cabinet while taking maternity leave, made my jaw drop. These are two incredibly important jobs. By choosing to do them at the same time she totally negates the value of both. Her desire to […]


Belinda Brown: Esther’s brickbat for men. When will women stand up for the second sex?

Esther McVey wants to help other women benefit from the de facto female quota system that has been so kind to her. Unusually, she wants to extend female bounty into a less well paid, less prestigious profession – building. With an EU target of half a million more women into employment by the beginning of […]


Belinda Brown: Feminists are wrong. Ordinary women need ordinary men 

Last Wednesday Professor Baroness Alison Wolf gave a speech on feminism and welfare as part of the Demos postliberalism lecture series at the University of Westminster. Professor Wolf specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. The XX […]