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: What about Stalin? No, stick to the point about Hitler

Pussy hats galore! In their sceptical view of the mass demonstrations after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the likes of Piers Morgan and Sarah Vine suggested that the millions of female protestors across the Western world should reconsider their priorities: what about Saudi Arabia? Down with these apologists, shrieked the feminists, for using such diversionary tactics. According […]


Niall McCrae: Mass immigration means cultural suicide

For historical research, twenty years ago I visited an exhibition marking the closure of Harperbury Hospital, a former colony for ‘mental defectives’. One board featured a controversy from circa 1970, covered by local newspapers. Families had complained of foreign staff failing to communicate with their sons or daughters because they could hardly speak English. The […]


Niall McCrae: Even the ghastly Stephen Fry is a bedfellow in our defence of freedom

V for Vendetta was a film for its time. A dystopian picture of totalitarianism, which clearly meant right-wing and nasty. After all the lessons of the twentieth century, in the new millennium fascist parties were again rearing their ugly head in the darker corners of society, with nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise. In […]


Niall McCrae: Identity politics stifles academic freedom

Allow me to introduce Yasmin. From an educated family in a relatively liberal, middle-class district of Karachi, she came to London with her father after he divorced and renounced his faith. While remaining Muslim, she has also dabbled in Catholicism and Buddhism. Intellectually sharp, articulate and philosophically inquisitive, Yasmin should be the ideal university student […]


Niall McCrae: The ‘Somewheres’ will take further revenge on the ‘Anywheres’

‘We will grind the business of government to a standstill’. This was no idle threat from the Lib Dems, who are determined to scupper the Government’s plans to enact the verdict of the EU referendum. It was uttered by Lib Dem ‘Chief Whip’ Tom Brake, who is also my MP. Embarrassed by his Brexit-voting constituency, […]


Niall McCrae: Britain’s female wage slaves follow in the path of the Red China sisterhood

I have a good mother She works in the fields; She works so hard that the commune Has presented her with a red flower. Our mothers are all good. All are working For the benefit of our new country. ‘Progressive’ sounds good. But it implies a destination, and it is not always clear where so-called […]