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: DFID indulges shady people in sunny places

How clever of Theresa May to call for an early election. But how stupid of her to re-commit to ring fencing 0.7 per cent of state spending for the Department for International Development (DFID). In principle the idea of DFID is a good one. Our Judeo-Christian ethos and heritage teaches us that we must help the less […]


Karen Harradine: Red Ken’s risible suspension is the tip of Labour’s anti-Semitic iceberg

The Labour Party has just vomited all over the annals of history. Their weak response to the vile anti-Semitism of the new poster boy of Holocaust deniers – Ken Livingstone – is a disgrace. A year’s suspension is meaningless but unsurprising given that Labour is the go to party for Jew haters. Perhaps Labour’s cowardly […]


Karen Harradine: Feminists have ruined dating for women

Reality TV is a favoured form of escapism for me. Recently I watched an episode of Channel Four’s First Dates. A young woman, attractive and intelligent, had dinner with a man who seemed pleasant enough. But I did not hear him speak as she monopolised the entire conversation by boasting about her degree in environmentalism and hectored him, […]


Karen Harradine: Cutting DFID’s funding will help curb anti-Semitism

Every year, just before spring, British universities take part in an international scam. Students are exposed to a lie so heinous it can only be described as destructive propaganda. Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) is organised by various Islamist and Palestinian student societies. This malignant off-shoot of the Boycott, Disinvest, Sanction (BDS) movement exposes thousands of students […]


Karen Harradine: Obama left Israel isolated and exposed

As part of his presidential campaign Barack Obama sought to reassure American Jews of Israel’s security. In June 2008 he gave a speech to the American Israel Affairs Public Committee during which he publically lambasted Iran and Hamas and reassured his audience that Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, would stand undivided. How times have changed. […]


Karen Harradine: Trump’s migrant curb does not make him Hitler

Although clumsily implemented, Donald Trump’s recent executive order is not a ‘Muslim ban’. The order is a restriction of entry from seven majority Muslim countries– Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – out of 50 Islamic states. These seven countries are among the biggest exporters of terrorism to the world. The over-reaction to […]