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: The intolerant leftish Twitter mob should just grow up

As the new Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, was announced, the ‘below-the-line’ comments of the Guardian report were predictably scathing. The usual vilification of far-Right fascism was offered, with some variations on the theme. Apparently Nuttall is ‘against abortion’. Inverted commas are necessary here, because critics did not elaborate on his stance. One comment asserted that […]


Niall McCrae: Populism Trumps globalism in 2016

In a cramped dwelling in a remote region of Romania, a family sits around a table, but there is no time for chat. Their eyes and fingers are too busy: this is an assembly line, on a contract for a multinational company. The fruit of their toils is a batch of Kinder eggs, to be […]


Niall McCrae: Post-factual world comes back to haunt the history man

Experts, eh? Can’t trust ‘em. A pillar of the establishment that electorates are now rejecting, how they squeal about the emergence of a fact-free world. Evidence matters not to the plebs, drunk on the untruths of populism. The EU referendum was lost to lies; Trump’s pants were on fire, yet he will be president. The […]


Niall McCrae: The sneaky creep of identity politics has hit a roadblock

West Virginia. Not the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River popularised by John Denver, but forlorn valley towns, abandoned by politicians for decades. The mines have gone, and the light industries that replaced them. As the presidential election loomed, a Fox News reporter visited a typical community in this demoralised state, off the itinerary of […]


Niall McCrae: From altar boy to suicide bomber – radicalisation made flesh

Perspiring in his dank cell, Terrence Kelly had plenty of time to take stock of his life. There had been more rough than smooth, and now here he was, locked up with petty thieves and violent drug addicts in a Riyadh jail. As a Westerner he was fortunate: for his crime of producing and selling […]


Niall McCrae: As blue collar America deserts to Trump, how many divisions has Springsteen and his Hollywood luvvies?

Listen up, you lesser mortals, for I am the light. A faded 1990s popstar I may be, but you must admire my moral superiority, and my simple answers to the world’s problems. Oh, and I have a new album coming out. The last three masterpieces disappeared into the ether, so here is an easier route […]