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.

Niall McCrae

Niall McCrae

Dr Niall McCrae is a lecturer in mental health.
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Niall McCrae: Class matters more than gender in our ideological divide

Men are from warring Mars, women are from welcoming Venus. Marriage is the great moderator, but with people staying single into their 30s and beyond, gender differences are perpetuated and this leads to extremism. Well, that’s the argument of columnist Ed West, writing in The Week. Perhaps this is the metropolitan mind at work, dichotomising […]


Niall McCrae: ‘British values’ are being weaponised against Britons

Ken Livingstone, when London mayor, repeatedly faced calls for a St George’s Day celebration in our capital city. Why not, people asked? There were events for all kinds of communities and causes, from anti-racism to cultural fests such as Diwali. The patron saint of Ireland had his share of funding, but not our own. So […]


Niall McCrae: Labour MP Caroline Flint is a hero of the Brexit revolution

Labour MP Caroline Flint is fired up. And this is why. It’s a talk at Policy Exchange by Professor Richard Tuck, a leading political analyst at Harvard. He’s an intellectual sophisticate, who challenges the audience with a stimulating lecture, taking a broad historical perspective before focusing on the present dilemma of Britain’s faltering exit from […]


Niall McCrae: We are the Resistance in the culture wars

They know not the name of their church. They know neither their creed nor their scripture, for the vast majority of the middle class have limited awareness of the Frankfurt School, critical theory or cultural Marxism, despite the pervasive influence of such contrarian forces. While the economics of communism and socialism failed every test, the […]


Niall McCrae: Satire can save us from socialism

Five years from now, will the hordes be laughing with Corbyn, or at him? Having lurched into another battle between a negotiated liberal-conservative polity and socialism, we should learn from the recent past on how to escape from the clutches of earnest left-wing absolutists. The fulminating boil of political and cultural Marxism was lanced not […]


Niall McCrae: For the Commies, Corbyn is a class traitor

They’re coming out of the woodwork. Emboldened by the surge of support for Jeremy Corbyn, radical left-wing parties have reappeared on our political scene. After plodding along for decades while society moved on, these minor organisations are getting attention beyond living memory of all but the crustiest Trotskyites. ‘Woke’ is the internet meme for the […]