Author Archives: Fiona Melville

We. We. We.

Yesterday’s Budget was pretty smart in many ways, focusing squarely on those who do the right thing, work hard and take responsibility for themselves. Yet that serious, focused, sober effort has been diluted by this: Which is just weird. It’s … Continue reading

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Don’t you think it’s up to us whether there’s another coalition?

The front page of yesterday’s Telegraph splashed that David Cameron had said there would not be another coalition after the next election. The article actually said, that the Telegraph “has learnt” that the Prime Minister “wants to make a commitment” … Continue reading

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Why the Big Society should feed into our economic future

In an ideal world, it wouldn’t take a crisis to change things and we would always be prepared and able to work things through slowly and deliberately. But – as Winston Churchill apparently said – never let a good crisis … Continue reading

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Open primaries are happening in the best places

I have meant to write this for ages, but Dan Hannan in the Telegraph this weekend had a piece and then Harry Phibbs at ConservativeHome also picked up on it: safe Conservative seats are choosing to hold open primaries. This … Continue reading

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Whose mud is it, and does it matter?

Last week, Tim Montgomerie wrote for the Times about his worry that “The Lib Dem mud is sticking to the Tories”.  I’ve also written about this (the first post I can find is from June 2010 but there have been … Continue reading

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