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.

Karen Harradine

Karen Harradine

Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality.
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Karen Harradine: A female Dr Who cannot protect girls from FGM

I could not care less that the new Doctor Who is a woman. This second rate TV show has nothing to crow about. Another science fiction gender character swop took place long ago, in 2004, with the incendiary reboot of Battle Star Galactica. The male character of Starbuck was recast as the indomitable Kara Thrace, played by […]


Karen Harradine: Trump steps on the gas. But are we with him?

After years of being constrained by Barack Obama, the US is now planning to reassert itself onto the world stage.  Donald Trump’s Warsaw speech this week is a signal that he has recognised the current realignment of global powers and geopolitics.  His sudden support for NATO is a reminder to Putin that the West still […]


Karen Harradine: Virtue-signalling global elitists show contempt for democracy

Due to the nature of my husband’s profession, I travel a lot. And wherever I go in the world I can always count on meeting someone who ridicules Donald Trump. At dinner parties I have heard wealthy entrepreneurs mock Trump, who, uncomfortably for them, is one of their own. Yet what these elite virtue-signallers seem to forget is […]


Karen Harradine: I am appalled any Jew would vote for anti-Semitic Corbyn

The Jewish Left need to abandon the stinking cesspool of Jew hatred which the Labour Party has mutated into. No Jew should be voting for Labour or standing for Jeremy Corbyn. Anti-Semitism attracts masses of Islamists, socialists and conspiracy theorists and so translates into votes for Labour. Because in comparison there are so few of us Jews, our […]


Karen Harradine: We should ally with Muslim reformers to conquer the Islamist threat

Our human primitive and tribal response to threats – honed by thousands of years of battling to survive – is to identify the enemy so we can protect ourselves and our children. If this does not happen we become panicked and retreat into mob mentality. We may then latch onto preposterous conspiracy theories or vacuous […]


Karen Harradine: Terminate the atrocious, socialist NHS

(In the first part of a series of alternative manifesto ideas, Karen Harradine sets out her ideas on healthcare) My friend was beautiful, intelligent and kind. In the spring of 2015 she experienced crippling stomach pains. Her symptoms were repeatedly dismissed by various GPs as viruses, IBS or stress. Three months later my friend died from ovarian cancer. She […]