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: Anarchy in the UK? No thanks, Jeremy

‘Surreal’ is an overused word, but it frames an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life. En route to St Charles Hospital in north Kensington, I saw the horrifying scene from Armageddon. A few hundred yards away, a high-rise block of flats totally blackened and windowless, spewing bright orange flames […]


Niall McCrae: Universal childcare breeds unhappy adults

(This article is a postscript to Niall’s article ‘Corbyn’s angry young stormtroopers are forged in heartless nurseries’ which was originally published on 14th June and generated lots of reaction) Gosh, childcare is controversial. Last week, I portrayed the phenomenon of Generation N, meaning the millennials exposed in early childhood to the great nursery experiment. Whether […]


Niall McCrae: Corbyn’s angry young stormtroopers are forged in heartless nurseries

Adulation and glee, as a surge in the youthful Labour vote wins Canterbury and other university-graced seats. The Corbyn cult has certainly gained momentum among the financially challenged younger generation, for the crusty Marxist promises of  change from the debt-ridden drudgery of Tory Britain. This dalliance with socialist ideology could be viewed as a swing […]


Niall McCrae: At least Nicola Sturgeon has caught a cold

Marge Simpson has lost her head. Much of that great yellow bouffant atop the British electoral map has been dyed blue, after a startling performance by Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives. In England, however, the map is misleadingly coloured: again blue prevails more in area than in votes. The deep red wounds on the empress’s cloak […]


Niall McCrae: The rights of a terror suspect do not trump the right to life

Okay, we know the routine. An ‘incident’ has occurred, possibly a road accident. Some Asian gentlemen crashed a van into pedestrians, shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’. Bodies on the street, rivulets of blood – it’s probably terrorism-related. But we mustn’t jump to conclusions. Then ISIS claim responsibility. Shock, horror at another jihadist outrage. Deserved praise for the police […]


Niall McCrae: We should have saved the school girls by interning the Manchester bomber

‘I wanna be a suicide bomber’. And as we now know, he meant it. Raised in Manchester by his refugee parents, Salman Abedi went to Syria and Libya to train in the dark art of killing the kuffir. It transpires that he was a fully-fledged, flag-waving fanatic of Islamic State. The security services had him […]