Politics is about involvement, not membership

The current debate in the Labour Party about one-member-one vote and the effectiveness of Arnie Graft has got me thinking about the problems us Conservatives face. Political parties who wish to form a government should aspire to have their membership … Continue reading

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Conservatives who moan about the EU are missing the point

If there was a referendum on our membership of the EU today I would vote to leave. But there is not a referendum today, nor is there one next week, nor will there be one next year. In fact, there … Continue reading

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Improving pay is only half of the cost of living story

Do you feel better off? This is going to be the key question as the general election approaches in 2015. The latest salvo in the battle about living standards came last night as the government published some analysis of take … 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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Why no party can afford to ignore the cost of living

Has the penny dropped? David Cameron told The Spectator this week a Conservative majority would ‘go further’ on getting more people out of poverty. His intervention was timely: figures this week showed over half of all people in poverty – … Continue reading

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