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: Desperate Labour contrives a Muslim bloc vote

Tariq Mahmood will burn in Hell. The text message was directed not at him personally, but to all Muslims in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, where a keenly contested by-election will be held on Thursday. According to a Labour activist, if Muslims neglect to vote for Gareth Snell, they will be faced with a difficult question […]


Niall McCrae: Buzzfeed’s thought police patrol the web

‘A London university lecturer apologises for saying Trump’s immigration ban makes sense’ ‘University lecturer compares student LGBT activists to Nazis’ Two recent headlines from Buzzfeed: one about a colleague at King’s College London, and the other about me. A common theme is the shift in focus from the intended meaning of an article or utterance, […]


Niall McCrae: It is not as grim as you think in Hull

And the widening river’s slow presence, The piled gold clouds, the shining gull-marked mud, Gathers to the surprise of a large town: Here domes and statues, spires and cranes cluster (Here by Philip Larkin) Alight at Paragon, a Victorian railway terminus, for a weekend in the City of Culture, 2017. If it’s your first time in […]


Niall McCrae: Transgender zealots are riding for a fall

Oppressive tendencies of Muslim culture may be criticised, yet Islamic mores appear a bastion of common sense compared to the absurdities imposed by the white middle-class establishment. As the latest symptom of our cultural sickness, the current obsession with transgenderism is perhaps the most radical assault yet on conventional society. An urgent task of social […]


Niall McCrae: Bad boy Milo has a run in with the censors

Mein Kampf is being rewritten for our troubled times, and it must be stopped! That’s shorthand for the view of 160 children’s authors, who have protested to Carolyn Ready, president of the New York publishing house Simon & Schuster. They want a writer’s $250,000 book contract with the Threshold subsidiary rescinded. Who is this ogre? […]


Niall McCrae: The NHS cannot afford to treat the whole world for free

Another case of the NHS, and taxpayers, being taken for mugs. In the latest revelation of health tourism in the Daily Mail, a Nigerian woman travelled to Britain for the singular purpose of giving birth. Her twins were born by Caesarian section in 2015, followed by a period in one of the few paediatric intensive […]