Lord Salisbury

Back in the 1960s Hayek wrote an essay entitled ‘why I’m not a Conservative’. A few years ago I used the title for a lecture I gave to the Cambridge University Conservative Association. I also defeated a motion ‘This House...
For five years (2004-9) I sat on the European Parliamentary Consumer Affairs committee, a woeful experience indeed but with occasional flashes of unintended humour. One forlorn afternoon in Brussels we sat deliberating on European bottle shapes, no I’m not...
There seems to be a lack of historical perspective concerning the division of opinion in the country today. The great & the good argue, no doubt for their own benefit, it is unprecedented. The Archbishop of Canterbury, surely the...
For over forty years I have struggled in the financial world to interpret statistics. People in public life love to flaunt statistics, graphs, numbers, percentages, usually to make a case for a pre judged outcome. The treasury are adept...
The last close examination of the English class system was over twenty five years ago, Jilly Cooper͛s frighteningly accurate and wickedly funny book which still works in part. I was musing on the class system the other day although quite...
The great irony of 2018 is the world is a more dangerous place than it was before the collapse of the Soviet Union.  How can this be so? The amazing paradox is when the West faced the Soviet Union across...
We hear of the proposed £60 billion pay off to the EU.  It grows everyday.  The extraordinary aspect of this whole sorry affair is the complete lack of professionalism in these negotiations. Possibly no surprise as the participants are all...
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The Fiscal Gap

I wonder what would happen if our bank manager called us in because he was worried about our spending.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer of course has no bank manager in the way we do.  But he has a...
The UK is agonising over BREXIT, the debate drags on, the negotiations go nowhere, but we are addressing the wrong problem. Look at the numbers, forget the rhetoric. Small & medium size businesses account for 80% of the U.K....
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Free Speech

It is a national disgrace that the principles of English Law are no longer taught in our schools. They are the template for much of the free world and our national heritage is dependent upon them. Men and women...

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