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: Opponents of Trump and Brexit take refuge in La La Land

Distressed opponents of Trump and Brexit have found a comfort blanket. La La Land, an over-hyped Hollywood musical, offers timely escapism from the horrible real world. Yellow frocks are flying off the rails! Harmless fun, perhaps, but this is the thin end of a cultural wedge. Ever since the voters of non-metropolitan Britain and the […]


Niall McCrae: A word of warning about pathologising teenage angst

Like all her friends, Hermione spends her evenings fixated on her mobile device. ‘Can’t you put that down for a while?’ asks her mother, with a sigh. Five minutes later the phone is on again, because WhatsApp never sleeps. For Hermione, virtual reality is preferable to that French essay she’s supposed to be writing, or […]


Niall McCrae: The Left loathes working class icons like Millwall FC

‘No one likes us’, chant supporters of Millwall Football Club, like a badge of honour. But now their landlord dislikes them too, and wants them out. Apologies for readers with no interest in football, but please bear with me, for here is a much broader theme of our times. If we don’t protect our culture, […]


Niall McCrae: Millennials demand freedom from speech

Freshers at University of Chicago last autumn were in for a surprise. Against the tide of safe spaces, trigger warnings and protections against the perils of spontaneity, the university’s leadership decided that enough is enough. From now on, students would be welcomed to an authentic academic ethos of critical thinking and debate, freed from the dogmatic constraints of political correctness. This radical move may be too early for British universities, but this ripple on the Gulf Stream is promising […]


Niall McCrae: Hail Sunderland where the Brexit worm was first to turn

Unless you are a football fan following your team away from home, Sunderland may never be on your itinerary. Unlike its more illustrious neighbour Newcastle, it lacks architectural splendour, while arterial motorway and railway pass many miles inland. This former shipbuilding town on the North Sea is unlikely to be a rich seam for Conservative […]


Niall McCrae: Fed up with their pious posturing, I am dumping Kellogg’s

A headline in the Observer announced that Lego won’t be renewing its promotional activity in the Daily Mail. Reported with glee, this was attributed to the campaign ‘Stop Funding Hate’. This popular national newspaper, you see, has been writing too much about immigration, while supporting Brexit and other nefarious causes. Cue direct action by the ethically-minded […]