Tory hopefuls do their worst

LAST night’s first televised Conservative Party leadership debate was surprising, but in few admirable ways. Let’s consider style before substance (style is what most people will remember anyway). The broadcaster was Channel 4, which put...

Yes, politics is broken

IN the febrile atmosphere of the self-destruction of the Tory Party, masquerading as a leadership election, yesterday yielded some classics. The increasingly original Rory Stewart contacted Nigel Farage on his LBC show to ask...

All aboard the money train – my first glimpse inside the EU palace of...

This blog by Claire Fox about her first trip to Brussels as a Brexit Party MEP was first published on The UK in a Changing Europe website and is reprinted here by kind permission. AT...

Joint bosses don’t work – in business or the home

WHEN I was younger and more idealistic, I started a business with friends. Being (as most twentysomethings are) well-meaning Lefties, we thought hierarchy was A Bad Thing. We were determined to do things differently,...

If at first you don’t succeed, deny, deny and deny again

THE Remain MPs who lost the referendum now tell us that we must believe in Parliamentary sovereignty and let Parliament decide whether we leave the EU or not. They try to claim that Leaver...

Oh, no! Social engineering comes to Advert Land

THE advertising watchdog’s ban on ‘harmful gender stereotypes’ comes into force today. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48628678. According to guidance issued in December by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), such adverts lower viewers’ self-esteem, which limits ‘their aspirations...

Madness of May’s school spending spree

SPEND, spend, spend! Before she leaves office, that is how Theresa May plans to solve the under-performance of our education system. After a disastrous premiership, the creation of a benign legacy is driving her...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Neil Young down in the ditch

BY the end of 1972, Neil Young was a global superstar. He had found huge success in collaboration with Crosby, Stills and Nash. His third solo album, After The Gold Rush, struck a chord...

Reader’s comment: Full Marx for Rory

In response to Gary Oliver: Rory, the Tory Greta Thunberg, LordOfMisrule wrote: An Old Etonian PPE graduate with a born-to-rule mentality. If he becomes PM, I suppose it will bear out Marx's dictum of history repeating...

Reader’s comment: A true conservative’s lament

In response to Bruce Newsome: A brief history of conservatism (before the Tories loused it up), Abominable_Yeoman wrote: An interesting read. I was raised in a working-class home, as a practising Christian and both parents were...